Max Soffar, whose mental illness left him particularly vulnerable to giving a false confession, stands convicted and sentenced to death for allegedly killing four victims during an armed robbery in a Houston bowling alley (Thorn, par. 2). The court overturned the conviction in 2004 because during his trial, lawyers failed to argue that Soffars confession contradicted the other evidence in the case, and he ended up on death row (Thorn, par. 4). From two unfair trials to a death sentence, the court ruled that the false confession given by Soffar should stand.
An innocent victim by the name of “Steven Truscott was wrongly convicted of murder… It was horrible for Truscott and the victim 's family because the real culprit got away with murder” (Wheeler). So far, under this horrifying system, “17 innocent people sentenced to death have been exonerated and released based on DNA evidence, and 112 other people based on other evidence” ("An Indefensible Punishment”). As long as the death penalty exists, there will be risks of executing innocent people. It must be abolished permanently and substituted by a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Society 's needs of punishment and protection can be met without running the risk of an erroneous and irrevocable punishment.
Pro death penalty people shout deterrence across the room while the anti death penalty supporters shout about potentially killing an innocent man; some argue that is just and the murders deserve their punishment while others say we are murdering people too if we kill the suspect. Being one of the seventy- four countries that carry out the capital punishment, the United States is currently fourth in executions per year. Beyond this, there are 25 other nations that have death penalty laws, but have not found the need to use them within the last decade. Although it seems like many people are opposed to the death penalty, an astonishing 71 percent of Americans approve of its use for specific crimes. (2006 Gallup Poll) 35 percent of people still believe that the death penalty is immoral even if they do support it.
Execute justice, not people.” Though some of the innocent death row inmates have managed to escape their execution, there are numerous others who are unable to overturn their sentence through appeals. Many cases of innocence go unheard and result in the unfortunate fatality of an innocent bystander. When the death penalty in 1972 was ruled unconstitutional in Furman v. Georgia, the Justices expected that the “adoption of narrowly crafted sentencing procedures would protect against innocent persons being sentenced to death”. But the chances that innocent persons have been or will be executed remain astoundingly high (Bedua 344). The United States justice system was formed on the premise that it should protect society’s general well being from any harm.
This "cleaner" way is death by lethal injection, which is quick and painless if administered right (Cole 450). Since capital punishment has been reinstituted many people have argued for and against capital punishment. Some say the death penalty is what the criminal deserves while others object to it because death is irreversible. I feel the death penalty is a good form of justice because only about 250 people a year get the death penalty and they are guilty beyond a doubt and don't deserve living with the possibility of parole. The sentencing judge or jury are ordered by the Supreme Court to look for "specific aggravating and mitigating factors in deciding which convicted murderers should be sentenced to death" (Cole 451).
The controversy is raised over how one can take the life of a criminal, and is, therefore, committing the same crime. The government is granting the right to kill someone only with legal backing. Since the same offense is being brought about, this suggests that the slayer should be put to death as well. Another conflict that is being raised to the surface by capital punishment is that some believe there is racism and inequality negatively effecting the application of the death sentence. Opponents believe the death penalty is imposed severely on the minorities and the poor.
Capital Punishment Capital punishment is most severe form of justice, the death penalty. It is the punishment given to the convicted criminals who have committed a capital offence.This punishment exists mainly because it is a huge deterrent against 'would be' criminals. Many countries have abolished it as a punishment. Some people believe it is inhumane and morally wrong for a society who frowns upon murderers to murder others. Some criminals could be wrongly convicted; there is no redress for innocent man.
Calvin Johnson Jr. he was an innocent man whom was sentenced to death as a result of a rape charge. After many agonizing years he eventually had his sentenced reduce and was not executed (Hampikian). Court systems in the United States are buried in unsolved cases, meaning many of the wrong people could be behind bars or out on the streets. In research done by the Innocence Project it has been proven that approximately twenty-two percent of people charged guilty were influenced by false-confessions. Also up to seventy-three percent of jury members will... ... middle of paper ... ... Death Penalty in the USA).
No human being should be allowed to be tortured to death legally. In conclusion, capital punishment has the potential to take innocent individuals autonomy, and ultimately their life away. “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in an Apr. 9, 2007 website section titled “The Death Penalty: Questions and Answers,” offered the following: “It [capital punishment] is immoral in principle, and unfair and discriminatory in practice…No one deserves to die. When the government metes out vengeance disguised as justice, it becomes complicit with killers in devaluing human life and human dignity.””("Is the Death Penalty Immoral?," sec.
Is justice truly color blind? (Vandeberg 2) The death penalty is a convenient and easy answer that may appeal to some but which,unfortunately, fails to tackle the problems it’s supposed to solve, There is always the one problem that executionists face; the risk of executing the innocent. In the United States, where one of the fairest judicial systems exists, 350 people were wrongly convicted of capital crimes between 1900 and 1985. Over hal... ... middle of paper ... ... months before being executed without trial. In the United States, there is a law against having a child on death row.