Capital Punishment

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There are not many issues that come to mind that have had the same effect on societal divides as has the issue regarding the death penalty. Debates swirling around the grounds of whether to abolish it or not has long since divided society on different beliefs in America, resulting in a concept that stirred up countless numbers of arguments and valid points. People’s outlooks on the issue have varied on situations involving the death penalty. The very mention of it sparks a certain passion within the justness and fairness of the American judicial system. Opponents of the death penalty argue that capital punishment demoralizes America as a civilized society by violating its fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which according to the Bill of Rights are all inalienable.

Both articles were written in wake of the execution of Troy Davis, and African-American male who was convicted twenty years ago for the murder of a white male police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia. Many of the witnesses who testified against Davis have since stated in sworn affidavits to be pressured into signing statements condemning Davis by police officers (Tew, 2011). His conviction, which laid solely in the hands of nine witnesses and contained no physical evidence connecting him to the crime, in relation to the other components of race, geography and politics led to a swift conviction and futile appeals. This recent execution has put the spotlight back on the death penalty, bringing an awareness that there is an unjust system still running amok in America. A way of justifying the death penalty is that is seen as a procedure which can be made into a spectacle for the public, thus making it appear that while the ...

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...swered; is the power to administer capital punishment upon any person callous or a necessity in assuring peace?

Works Cited

Prokosch, E. (1998, December 1). Human rights v. the death penalty: abolition and restriction in law and practice. Amnesty International, Retrieved from http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT50/013/1998/en/724e122f-e77d-11dd-9edc-8be7e550cfe5/act500131998en.html

Steiker, C. S. & Steiker, J. M. (2011, September 27). Why death penalty opponents are closer to their goal than they realize. The New Republic, Retrieved from http://www.tnr.com/article/95378/troy-davis-death-penalty-abolish

Tew, W. (2011, September 22). Death penalty not the answer; killing innocents is unjust The Independent Florida Alligator and Campus Communications, Retrieved from http://www.alligator.org/opinion/columns/article_cf54ba90-e58c-11e0-b29b-001cc4c03286.html

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