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Should the just-released Turkish man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in '81 be allowed to make money for telling his story?

Asked by Austinlad (16288 points ) January 18th, 2010

I read that Mehmet Ali Agca, who has been in prison for 29 years for his crime, is now talking to the media about doing a TV or book deal. How do you feel about that?

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marinelife's avatar

I think the law in our country that does not allow people to profit from their crimes is a good one.

wonderingwhy's avatar

Allowing people to profit from criminal activity just encourages it.

mattbrowne's avatar

In addition to existing laws in some countries, all consumers should refuse to buy any books or any magazines containing articles by him. The problem is people’s feverish greed for sensationalism. This creates a market where no market should be. We have more important things to worry about.

life_after_2012's avatar

thats a god question. i’d hate to say it because it feels wrong, but i don’t think so. people deserve second chances, but something about that situation kind of makes me worried. theres odviously alot about it i don’t understand.

Leanne1986's avatar

I certainly don’t think he should be able to cash in on his crime and like @Marina said, I think the law in certain countries that makes this illegal is a good one but, playing devils advocate a bit, is this denying a person freedom of speech? I don’t know the answer it’s just one of the first things I thought about when seeing this question.

Marrakech's avatar

I’d find that surprising as he still thinks he is the Messiah! Apart from that he may well be murdered before he can get his story out.

LanceVance's avatar

Should he be allowed? Yes, definitely. Should the society embrace it? No.

Supacase's avatar

@Leanne1986 My thoughts on the freedom of speech bit – he can write it, but he can’t sell it. (Or speak about it, but not charge appearance fees.)

Leanne1986's avatar

@Supacase That makes sense!

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