Summary : ' A Eye For An Eye '

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Sybil Willis Ranne Freese ENGL 1302 09 MAR 2015 An Eye for an Eye You are drinking your morning cup of coffee and reading the newspaper before going off to work. But what captures your eyes is horrible. Your coworker’s daughter was found murdered in her apartment. The killer was apprehended within a month of the murder. One year later, he was brought to trial and convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. You all breathe a sigh of relief and victory. But is it really over? This whole life changing experience now causes you to ponder several questions. What did this trial accomplish? So what happens now to this murderer and his death penalty? For centuries in America, killing those convicted of a capital crime had been deemed a most appropriate way to apply the law to those who refuse to abide by it. The methods of execution have gone from stoning witches in Salem to hangings to beheading--all very gross methods of serving up justice. In later years, capital punishment was carried out using a device called the electric chair. In more recent years, the use of the lethal injection has been introduced as a means of capital punishment; as well as a new issue to debate. With the continued use of capital punishment comes the issues of cost, humanity, as well as botched applications of its use. Capital punishment is not a justifiable method of applying punishment for capital crimes. Those that oppose capital punishment say that it is an inhumane and debilitating process. Because the appeals process is painstakingly long, Daniel Lachance, history professor at Emory University, states that those set for execution spend on average sixteen years waiting for their execution. When finally given an execution date... ... middle of paper ... ...Arguments Against Capital Punishment."Common Dreams. N.p., 14 July 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2015. Chammah, Maurice. "The Slow Death of the Death Penalty, by Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project." The Texas Tribune. N.p., 19 Dec. 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. Deng, Boer, and Dahlia Lithwick. "Liberal Guilt." N.p., 9 May 2014. Web. 06 Feb. 2015. Fagan, Jeffrey A. "Capital Punishment: Deterrent Effects & Capital Costs." Columbia Law School. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2014. Goldberg, Jonah. "In Defense of Capital Punishment, by Jonah Goldberg, National Review." National Review Online. N.p., 7 May 2014. Web. 06 Feb. 2015. Lachance, Daniel. "What Will Doom the Death Penalty." The New York Times. The New York Times, 08 Sept. 2014. Web. 06 Feb. 2015. Sneed, Tierney. "Can the Death Penalty Survive Lethal Injection?" US News. U.S.News & World Report, 7 Aug. 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2015.
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