June 2006 LSAT Section 2 Question 24
Melody on September 9, 2015We are told that something (judicial punishment's power to deter people from committing crimes) depends on two things (severity of the penalty and the likelihood of one's actually receiving the penalty.) But, sometimes, one of those things can cause the other to lessen (occasionally juries decide that a crime's penalty is too severe and refuse to convict a person they are convinced has committed the crime). Therefore, one of the things being too extreme (he crime's penalty being too severe) could actually cause the original point to be decreased (may decrease the deterrent power of judicial punishment).
Julie on August 6, 2019thank you for the detailed explanation as to why (A) is correct. Looking back at my thought process, I don't even know why I thought choice (D) would be correct. Would this answer choice be incorrect because it doesn't show one thing being an extreme but rather says that focusing on one would be more beneficial? thanks in advance!
Ravi on August 6, 2019@Julie-V,