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Anti Death Penalty
Disasters in Death
I. Roosevelt Collins, a black man in Alabama, was convicted of rape, sentenced to death, and executed in 1937. Roosevelt testified that the “victim” who was white had consented to sex, which caused a near-riot in the courtroom. The all-white jury deliberated for only FOUR minutes. Later interviews with several jurors revealed that although they believed the act was consensual, they also thought that he deserved death simply for “messin’ around” with a white woman. Even the judge, off the record, admitted his belief that Roosevelt was telling the truth, QUOTE: “An innocent man went to his death.”
Horace Dunkins was executed on July 17, 1989. His attorney never told the jury he was mentally retarded, with an IQ estimated at 65. When newspapers reported this several years later, one juror told the press she would not have voted for the death penalty had she known of his retardation. The accomplice to this crime was given a life sentence.
II. Everyone has their own opinion of the Death Penalty. The problem is, most United States citizens do not have the facts. As long as the death penalty is a form of punishment, we all should be aware of this information…the correct information, and not just what crime the “Dead Man Walking” committed.
III. Myself, Chandra, Steve, and Geoff have done extensive research on the subject of corporal punishment and will discuss those findings with you today.
IV. The Death Penalty is a costly, immoral, and imperfect form of punishment. Before Americans chant “Death” for a moral wrong, we should make sure that we are right.
V. Today we will discuss some of the problems with the death penalty, solutions and alternatives to it, and even give you a glimpse into how our future America will be if we continue this immoral deterrent. Chandra will share with us three of the major problems with the death penalty. Steve will discuss some solutions and alternatives to corporal punishment. Finally, Geoff will give us some insight how the death penalty has failed as a deterrent and will continue to poison our lives in the future and what we can do to change things.
Transition: Chandra will begin by explaining three major concerns with the death penalty.
Body of Speech
I. First Main Point (Need-Problem): The Death Penalty has three major problems: the cost, immoral issues, and erroneous executions.
a. Supporting Point: The death penalty is a very costly form of punishment.
i. Data: According to Dave Erickson’s study, “Cost of the Death Penalty,” on Los Angeles County found at Deathpenalty.org, it would cost nearly $2 million to try a case that carries the death penalty sentencing versus the $1 million for a regular trial.
ii. Data: When an execution is, in fact, carried out it will cost an additional 2.5 to 3 million dollars per execution.
iii. Data: There are currently 3,061 inmates waiting to be executed, which will cost approximately $9.1 billion while giving them life imprisonment without the possibility of parole would cost $3 billion.
b. Supporting Point: The death penalty brings with it many issues of morality.
i. Data: As it is put on the homepage of nodeathpenalty.org in an article entitled “Campaign to end the Death Penalty,” it is cruel and unusual punishment to put someone to death.
c. Supporting Point: Innocent people are getting lost in the turmoil.
i. Data: Also on the deathpenalty.org website in a page entitled, “Death Penalty Focus,” it states that 23 innocent people have been unjustly put to death for crimes they did not commit.
ii. Data: On the sociology website of NI University, it is stated that a man named Sie Dawson was put to death and then later discovered to be innocent.
Transition: Chandra has just described a few of the major problems with the Death Penalty including the inexcusable wrongful executions that have and will take place. In fact, just this Sunday night on the news show Dateline on NBC, they did a report on the release of a death row inmate. This is the 76th since the death penalty was reinstated and everyday there is new information on DNA of a convicted murder who may be found innocent of his or her crime. One word for that is INEXCUSABLE! Now we will hear from Steve some possible solutions to these problems.
II. Second Main Point (Solution-Satisfaction): A change in the “life” laws and the economic situation
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Capital punishment, Penology, Death Penalty Focus, Murder, Capital punishment debate in the United States, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
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