The Death Penalty Debate

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The death penalty till this day remains to be a very controversial topic. Some people may argue that it should be considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment; others may rebuttal in saying that the death penalty is capital punishment. When visiting the idea of placing someone to death one must bear in mind the possibility of condemning an innocent person through such torture, the brutalizing effect on society it may leave, and the serious psychological trauma that a defendants family and friends may face. Is this really what the justice system is willing to place on the line in order to gain a form of so called justice. I mean reasonably speaking what will anyone gain from such an action. It definitely will not bring the harm to be undone. As stated in the encyclopedia under the theory of judicial torture “ the use of torture was confined to capital crimes, for which the death penalty or mutilation could apply” (PIHLAJAM, 2004). Looking at how the death penalty is conducted people should not be treated like animals, given a due time to be put down. No human being deserves such treatment whether or not his or her offense was so horrific and traumatic. Is that not the lesson being taught to society when the criminal is captured? Yet, the law as a jury of peers, men just like the accused, may cast the same sin upon him. Why should this action be considered in any way to be fair or believed to be capital punishment?

If we look back from 1927 until 2011 there have been about ten different cases, that the death penalty was contested around the country. These cases asserted that the accused were found innocent at the last moment and put to death because the judicial system found the wrong person guilty. In the case of Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, these two Italian immigrants were put to death using the electric chair in 1927 after an exceedingly contested string of trials over the shooting of two men during an armed robbery in 1920. Although a man named Celestino Madeiros an ex-convict confessed to committing, the shooting it did not save them from facing death. A number of anarchist leaders later stated that Vanzetti was not guilty of the crime but Sacco was even though historian’s debate if either man really carried out the shooting at all.
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