The state cannot undo an execution once it has been done. According to Alan Berlow, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed after being found guilty of killing his children, and burning his house down after (Berlow). Willingham was executed in 1994, after his executions the attorney general wanted a look at the case to find there was no evidence proving that Willingham had committed the crime intentionally. Meaning they ruled the case as an accident, they said this man did not kill his kids, the house caught fire by accident. The kids died from smoke inhalation and being burned to death.
I hope that it mortified you as much as it does me. A huge dilemma raised by the death penalty is, the potential for a person who was sentenced to death being wrongfully convicted? The Chicago Tribune published an article in December 2004, titled "Texas Man Executed on Disproved Forensics," which came out the same year Cameron Todd Willingham was sentenced to death in the state of Texas. The Chicago Tribune reported that there was mistake when Willingham was convicted in 1991 for arson, the fire killing his two daughters. The theory that Willingham was convicted on has been refuted by advances in technology according to four fire experts consulted by the tribune.
According to the New Yorker “The house, in short, had been deliberately transformed onto a death trap.” According to the reports on December twenty-fourth and twenty-seventh of 1991 the fire was declared arson and they later decided to conduct a criminal investigation. Cameron was questioned by the investigators on December 31st and was then later arrested on January 8th of 1992 for the death his three daughters. Following the arrest on January 8th of 1992 the trial began August 18, 1992. The state had two factors that played a part in trial. One being Johnny Everett Webb a fellow inmate, with Cameron Willingham in Navarro County Jail.
However, in hindsight, it is factually and numerically lowered priced to keep a death-row inmate alive rather than proceeding with the expected execution: “A death sentence costs at least twice as much, start to finish, than a sentence of life without parole, according to a Maryland study. The Bar Association study pegged the cost here of prosecution, defense and appeals at nearly $800,000 more for a death penalty. Most of that cost is borne by counties. In King County, taxpayers have spent about $10 million on two pending death-penalty cases — and neither have even gone to trial. Smaller counties have been threatened with bankruptcy by the cost of death-penalty cases.
When the life of an individual is unjustly taken by another individual, the horror of the community for such an act cannot be adequately and proportionally manifested except as the community surmounts sentiment and exacts the life of the killer in payment - after a trial, where all possible human excuses and palliations have been alleged, tested, and found insufficient (Calder)." For people who truly value public safety, there is no substitute. Capital punishment not only forever bars the murderer from killing again, it also prevents parole boards and criminal rights activists from giving the criminal the chance to kill again.
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, ‘they weren’t able to tell how many of the 1,000 people executed since 1976 maybe have been innocent. Defense attorneys have already moved on to a new case, in which a clients’ live can still have been saved.’ One example is the story of Todd Willingham. In 1992, he was accused of setting his house on fire which killed all of his three children. The court had thought he killed them on purpose, sadly, he was sentence to be executed. After a few years, the court found that the evidence they collected against him was false.
One in twenty-five or 4.1% of people sentenced to death are innocent(One in 25). A man named Cameron Todd Willingham was wrongfully sentenced to death. In Texas, during the year 2004 Cameron was accused of killing his three daughters in a fire. Cameron claimed that he was innocent from the very beginning, yet no one believed him. He was found guilty for the act of killing his three daughters in the fire.
Cases such as Richard Masterson in Texas, he was accused of a murder in 2002. Forensics files came back false and he was on death row at the time, he was executed in 2016. Another case could be Brian Terrell; he was also accused of a murder. His footprints were found near the body, but were smaller than the victim’s body. None of the 13 fingerprints matched his fingerprints.
The death penalty is inhumane. One could say that the death penalty is inhumane because it takes a person’s life away in the form of revenge. For example, families of victims tend to be upset toward the suspect and want the ultimate revenge which is the death penalty. People have no right to want a murderer to be put to death because it is inhumane to decide another person’s fate and it lowers us to the suspect’s level. One could say that it is understandable where the families of victims are coming form on this issue and others should not judge them for that because the families are acting out of anger, but people have no right to decide if another person lives or dies.
It’s wrong no one deserves to be killed, even if they did kill others. Especially if the death penalty means a slow and long death it’s very wrong for humans. If the government does still decide the death penalty is a good idea at least make it a fast death where they are injected with something that kills them instantly. In the end no one should have to go through the death penalty, it’s just plain out wrong. Just in a short amount of time people were put to the death penalty “It is believed that at least 23 people were wrongfully executed in the United States during the twentieth century”.