In 1985, Koch was elected to a third term with 78% of the vote.
His third term was fraught with scandal regarding political associates (although the scandal never touched him personally) and with racial tensions, including the murder of Yusuf Hawkins a month before the 1989 mayoral primary.
In the first paragraph, he gives rather absurd examples of convicted murderers pleading for their lives.
Robert Lee Willie (who raped and murdered an 18 year old woman) said that, "Killing people is wrong...
Koch goes on to reiterate the absurdity of such claims saying: "It is a curiosity of modern life that we find ourselves being lectured on morality by cold-blooded killers." He then reveals his standing by saying that he believes life is precious and that the death penalty reinforces its preciousness.
Justice Edward Koch Thesis
The reinforcing of justice that the death penalty accomplishes is made clear by the example of a convicted killer, Luis Vera, sayin...
Blumenthal, but Blumenthal's bid was derailed by a scandal and he came in third.
In 1977, Koch won the Democratic primary in the New York City mayoral election, defeating Bella Abzug, Mario Cuomo, and incumbent Abe Beame, among others.
Koch, addresses in his 1985 article, "Death and Justice", which was printed in The New Republic, a magazine that generally publishes articles dealing with controversial political issues.
Koch claims the death penalty is just and defends his statement by using his former public service as ethos, strong language and concrete examples as pathos, and by disproving capital punishment rebuttals as a means of developing logos.