Or disadvantage that it propagates. Many years ago I spent weeks banging my head against a pile of 10,000 lines of badly structured Fortran on CDC equipment that I had inherited responsibility for. That hardware cheerfully allowed division by zero, storing the equivalent of NaN as the result. At a relatively enormous distance away in both source code and execution, the NaN was used in an addition operation and at that point the machine generated a fault. Ultimately the problem was an off-by-one upper limit in a DO loop, but finding it made me crazy. It would have been far easier to find if the divide-by-zero had generated a fault.
Ever since, I have been rabidly of the opinion that divide-by-zero is an error condition, and that execution can proceed only if the programmer has provided some sort of try/catch structure that catches the fault.
Around 1994 or 1995 I was starting an applied research project that needed an oddball sort of network widget. I e-mailed Alan Cox, whose group was handling most of the Linux network staff at the time, describing what I was trying to do. I got an e-mail back the next day that was basically: "Sounds cool! Ethernet sockets might be able to do the job (draft documentation attached). If not, let me know and we can discuss the best place for you to add a hook to the IP stack." Ethernet sockets were sufficient; I had a basic version of the widget up and running after a couple of long weeks; it was impressive enough that mgmt let me run with.
No way any of the other kernel projects were going to treat me that well.
The death sentence is seldom sought. We do have one case in progress now where the prosecutor is seeking the death sentence; the accused killed 12 and injured 70 in a mass shooting. I can fairly safely say that the accused did it, as he offered, through his attorney, to plead guilty if the sentence was life without parole. After almost three years, the case has reached jury selection. The trial will be a travesty of dueling experts arguing over whether the accused was insane at the time or not. I figure there's a fair chance the verdict will be not guilty by reason of insanity, and he'll still get life without parole despite all the bills the prosecutor is racking up.
The job market for new graduates from anywhere but the big name law schools is terrible, has been getting worse for years, and shows no sign of improving in the future. Word is getting back and enrollment at lower-tier law schools has fallen off so much that the schools are getting desperate. Many have lowered their admission standards, and they've started lobbying to make the state bar exams easier.
Or to allow hackers to brick your coffee maker, so you have to buy a new one.