It is unthinkable to me that Anders Behring Breivik would get anything less than the death penalty for slaughtering at least 76 innocents and injuring scores of others. But he most certainly will not face the retribution he deserves because Norway outlawed the practice of capital punishment in 1905. In fact, the maximum sentence Breivik could receive is 21 years in prison. The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein reports:
TheDC contacted three professors from the University of Oslo’s faculty of law over the weekend to confirm Norwegian police reports that the maximum sentence that can be imposed on killer Anders Behring Breivik is 21 years. All three confirmed that 21 years was the maximum possible sentence, but two of the professors offered a defense of the system that would allow Breivik to be out of jail by his mid-50s.
“I think it is very important to keep it that way, despite the gruesome events that have occurred now,” Professor Thomas Mathiesen said of the 21-year max penalty. “Norwegian society will gain nothing from a higher punishment level, people of this kind will not become less prone to engage as this man did on Friday 22 July, and the punishment level we have now will contribute to Norway staying the relatively humane society that we are proud of and want to live in.”
“Many among us are proud to live in a country that emphasize moderation in retribution,” Professor Nils Christie told TheDC. “I hope, and believe, that we also this time will be able to stick to our ideals of moderation in punishment. The preliminary reactions to these days of horror in Norway have been exposure of a strong urge to live up to our basic ideals of remaining an open welfare society based on humanity.”