In 1977, Clarence Ray Allen was convicted for murder after arranging the death of a witness against him in a burglary case and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 1980, Allen organized the killings of the witnesses who had worked against him in his previous conviction. Finally, Allen was sentenced to death, but it wasn’t until 2006 that he was executed (Ardaiz). During those twenty-six painful years, the families and loved ones of the victims had to spend their days knowing that the one who had torn apart their family was still alive. As James A. Ardaiz, a former judge, and the prosecutor on the case of Allen, so succinctly put it, “Retribution is not only a need of society; it is a right of those victimized.” One person who the death penalty brought peace to was John Rizzotti.
In 1992, 17 year old Johnny Frank Garrett was put to death for confessing to raping and murdering a 72-year old nun. A crime as heinous as this certainly deserves the death penalty as a punishment right? The only problem is that Garrett didn't do it. Garrett was in fact, a mentally ill man who suffered severe childhood trauma, significant brain damage and multiple personality disorder. His mental instability and repeated police interrogation are only things that caused him to confess to killing the nun.
The death penalty is needed to deter crime in the United States. The death penalty has been around since ancient times, and it has served as a punishment for serious crimes. Capital punishment has shown the world that committing serious crimes such as murder and treason are looked down upon, and that it will not be tolerated. In order to discourage wrongdoing in our country, the death penalty is needed. The principle reasons for the death penalty are convicted criminals are used to deter crime and all people killed by the death penalty are convicted criminals.
The supporters claim that the death penalty will eliminate criminals and that these offenders will not be around to repeat any future crimes. Legally, criminals should be "innocent until proven guilty;” but in reality, they are often accused to be "guilty until proven innocent.” However, the abolitionists argue that innocent people have been mistakenly placed on death row and executed because of the flaws in the current criminal justice system. Amnesty International discovered that “innocent people may be sentenced to death through judicial error” ("Evidence Against Death Penalty”). As a result, tragedies are irreversible. 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).
The death penalty gives closure to the victim’s families who have suffered so much. Families never fully recover from the loss of a loved one, but the death penalty can provide closure to these families. The murderer has suffered his family and friends of a loved one. There are many victims with a single murder and when the criminal gets caught and convicted, it is understood that the punishment will be severe. The prisoners family must suffer from seeing their loved one put to death.
College student, John Enochs, raped two female students, plead guilty, and he was charged with one day in jail and a year of probation. John Enochs should have sat in prison and thought about what he did just like William Dufries. William Dufries was sentenced to life for having 67 pounds of marijuana on him while driving. If someone with a misdemeanor charge is forced to looking at the prison walls, someone that permanently damaged someone’s life should do the same, not be put to
after just a two hour trail with the only real evidence been his “confession.” Stinney was convicted for killing two young white girls because he and his sister and it appeared to be the last person the girls saw. Once the girls were found dead in a ditch they arrested Stinney just a couple hours later. He was interrogated by several white officers in a locked room with no witnesses aside from the officers and within an hour, a deputy announced that Stinney had confessed to the crime. White witnesses suddenly arose testifying to Stinney’s bad character, Stinner’s sister said she was with him that afternoon still after the girls left them but it still did not matter to the police. An all white jury deliberated after the short trail and in 10 minutes sentences Stinney to be executed in the electric chair.
Dahmer’s next victim, Ricky Beeks, thirty-three, was murdered in May of 1990. He had sex with this mans lifeless body before disposing of him. Edward W. Smith, twenty-eight, was killed in June of 1990. In September 1990, Ernest Miller, twenty-four, was murdered and Dahmer did something a bit different with his body. He dismembered the body as usual, but he put the biceps in the freezer for later and bleached the skeleton.
He was fifteen years old when he was charged for first degree murder for killing his mother and stepfather, after years of mental, physical and sexual abuse. At the time of the trial, Jacob’s brother explained that the reason why he killed them was in order to end the abuse that had been going on for years. Prosecutors said that he was exaggerating the abuse to give Jacob an excuse to kill. The jury felt sympathy for them, but said that her “hands were tied” at the moment of determining his sentence because there are not any exceptions in the sentencing law for first-degree murder, regardless of age or circumstances surrounding the murder. Jacob was sentenced to life without parole.
He was reported to have writhed, groaned, and spoken a few words and also attempted to rise from the table 14 minutes after being injected. Even though the execution was halted 33 minutes into the execution, Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after being sedated. An execution that uses the lethal injection usually takes about 5 to 18 minutes to kill the victim. The fact that it took that long for Lockett to die and seemed to cause him immense pain concludes that he was tortured to death, which is unconstitutional. While it may seem that keeping someone in prison for life would cost more than putting someone on the death penalty, howev... ... middle of paper ... ... state.