Capital Punishment13 Essay

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Capital Punishment13

?The?Capital punishment is the infliction of the death penalty on persons
convicted of a crime.? This has been a topic of debate for many years.
People who are for:

People who are against:

?Why do we kill people to prove killing people is wrong??


The 1st argument I have against capital punishment is that it?s
unconstitutional. Every person has an equal right to ?life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness.? This is a quote from American Civil Liberty Union
National Office, ?Capital punishment is a barbaric remnant of an uncivilized
society. It is immoral in principle, and unfair and discriminatory in practice.?
Does the government have the right to kill? Maybe in self defense, like a
policeman firing on a armed and dangerous criminal. Suppose we apply the
same standards to the government that we have for civilians. A civilian has
the right to shoot at an intruder as he is entering his home but if the civilian
catches the intruder and has him under his control, the shooting him would
be considered murder. That?s what capital punishment is...simple murder.

Against: I agree that capital punishment is a relic of barbarism but as murder
itself is barbaric, death is a fitting punishment for it. It goes along with the
?eye for an eye? principle. For example, someone steals $10 from you and
then the person who stole your money has the same thing happen to them?
Doesn?t that satisfy you? Many feel the same about murders who are
sentence to die. The criminal has brought the punishment upon himself, they
deserve what they get.

Cruel and unusual
The 8th amendment of the us constitution, condemn gruel and unusual
punishment is used to protest capital punishment.
For:: When the constitution was drafted, capital punishment was
practiced widely in this country, yet it was not specified as wrong or as cruel
and unusual. John Locke went as far to say that murder is not intrinsically
wrong. How can the constitution be brought into this argument, since it
makes no mention of capital punishment?

The methods by which executions are carried out can involve physical
torture. ?Electrocution has on occasion caused extensive burns and needed
more than one application of electric current to kill the condemned. It often
takes 10 minutes or more to die in the electric chair. It is also torture to keep
someone locked up when they know they are waiting to be killed.
Officials often defend this and say it?s not cruel and unusual, but how can
they defend this opinion in the case of John Evans who was executed by
electrocution in 1983? According to witnesses at the scene Mr. Evans was
given three charges of electrocution over a period of fourteen minutes. After
the first and second charges Mr. Evans was still conscious and smoke was
coming from oall over his body as a result of his flesh burning. An official
there even tried to stop the execution on account of it being cruel and unusual
punishment, but was unsuccessful. Witnesses later called th whole incident a
?barbaric ritual.?


The death penalty costs more than life in prison. It costs 5 to 6 times more
than lifetime imprisonment, according to studies in a number of states. Most
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