Opinon on death penalty Essay

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Opinon on death penalty

Is the Death Penalty Cruel and Unusual Punishment?
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In order to determine whether the death penalty is to be considered cruel and unusual
punishment, it is necessary to first define each word in order to get full understanding
of the issue being assessed. According to the Merriam-Webster collegiate dictionary, cruel
is defined as: "disposed to inflict pain or suffering devoid of humane feelings." Unusual
is defined as: "not usual, uncommon, or rare." Punishment is defined as: "suffering pain
or loss that serves as retribution." Should capital punishment be viewed as retribution
used to cause pain or suffering without humane feelings, and is it uncommon?


The message that is sent out by killing a murderer is 'If you kill, we kill.' Punishment
by death is the ultimate punishment and one that cannot be taken back. A jury is
instructed to determine guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but with a punishment as final as
death, any doubt should be reason enough for a person to live. Forcing a jury to decide
whether a person should live or die is wrong. If the jury decides the person should die,
then they have just committed the same crime they just sentenced someone to die for,
murder. The jury then has to live with the fact that they killed someone. Just this stress
put on the jury is enough to call the death penalty inhumane, not to mention the years the
inmate will have to sit on death row knowing that at any time, it could be their turn to
be strapped in to die. As far as the death penalty being unusual, since the U. S. is the
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