- The UFP's federal structure suggested individual member worlds could reserve the right to their own death penalty laws. Deneb V (TOS: "I, Mudd") had the death penalty for certain crimes, as did Argelius II. (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold")
Neither were definably said to be federation worlds (though Argelius II was clearly a close ally) -- Capricorn 09:40, 18 December 2007 (UTC)
Removed two more notes from the background section:
- General Order 7 might be considered anachronistic if it survived the 24th century. After the Federation's huge leaps in the holotechnology, and its culture learning to cope with holo-addiction, the Talosians wouldn't pose such a dire threat.
- The existence of death-by-combat rituals on Andoria and Vulcan seems to suggest that complete abandonment of the death penalty was not a pre-condition to Federation membership. There is no canon evidence that the Andorian rite either did or did not survive into the Federation era.
- As I noted elsewhere, the legal status of androids and other artificial life is not well established outside of Data himself (as seen by the treatment of EMHs and B-4), and we don't actually know what happened to Lore. He was disabled in battle, but for all we know re-activated to stand trial later. I'd also question calling it a "death penalty," since it was an action in the heat of battle, not the result of a trial. By that account, you'd have to call the killing of Jem'Hadar on the battlefield "executions." --OuroborosCobra talk 04:04, November 8, 2009 (UTC)
- I agree- the ruling in Measure of a Man was only about Data, not all Soong-type androids. Posting the passage here:
In spite of the fact that Soong-type android were considered to be sentient beings, the android Lore was deactivated and disassembled by the crew of the USS Enterprise-D in what effectively consists of an execution of an artificial life form. (TNG: "Descent, Part II")--31dot 19:48, February 5, 2010 (UTC)