One in twenty-five or 4.1% of people sentenced to death are innocent(One in 25). A man named Cameron Todd Willingham was wrongfully sentenced to death. In Texas, during the year 2004 Cameron was accused of killing his three daughters in a fire. Cameron claimed that he was innocent from the very beginning, yet no one believed him. He was found guilty for the act of killing his three daughters in the fire.
Capital Punishment in Texas Recently on February 27, 2014, there has been evidence of a possible execution of an innocent man in Texas. Todd Willingham was convicted of setting his home on fire and murdering family members in 1991 and was executed in 2004. Jailhouse informant Johnny Webb, states in his testimony that this case, “was really based on a deal and misrepresentation …the system cannot be regulated... You cannot prevent the execution of an innocent person”. Willingham’s stepmother is “thrilled that all this has come to light… [and is] not asking for compensation” but for “justice” (Schwartz 1). Cases like these have caused mixed controversies when it comes to capital punishment.
In Texas over a period of time twenty-four people were sentenced to death, but only twenty-three were executed. The extra one com... ... middle of paper ... ...is innocent how could America? If a man were to assault another man the rightful punishment would be time served in jail, not to be assaulted, so why is the correct punishment for killing to be killed? Sure, the thought of dying could drive someone not to kill, but usually these men and women who commit murder do not have anything to live for. These people usually come from broken homes.
Although he was found not guilty, McNaughtan spent twenty years in a mental asylum until his death. Although helpful to truly insane criminals, the insanity plea has many flaws when it comes to the victims. Pleading insanity should be outlawed because it is unfair to the victims’ families, dangerous to society, and ambiguous in its interpretation. One flaw of the insanity plea is how the victims and their families are affected. For example on March 21, 2010, Kathy Powell, the mother of 21 year old Taylor Powell, who was brutally murdered by Jarrod Wyatt outside Klamath, Oregon, said the suspect's recent insanity plea was a complete lie.
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.
He went into an Aurora movie theater and killed twelve innocent people. Over two years later, the, citizens of Colorado are still awaiting justice for this unthinkable crime. Attorneys stated they would pursue the Death Penalty. Holmes may get out of this sentence due to his pleading guilty by insanity. Holmes went into a place, where most people feel safe, expecting a night of entertainment, and instead was killed for reasons unknown.
Jerry Banks- Was sentenced to death for two counts of murder. His case was thrown out when new evidence was found, which the state supposedly knew about all along. Banks committed suicide after his wife divorced him. His estate won a settlement from the county for the benefit of his children. This case made a man commit suicide after being falsely accused of something he never did and with everyone believing that he was truly guilt… it threw him over the edge.
Even though it was an accident, the victim’s death occurred while Trevor intended armed robbery and was accused of felony murder and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Jacob Ind was sentenced to life without parole. At the age of fifteen, he killed his mother and stepfather in order to put an end to the all kinds of abuse they were putting him through. The jury did not recognize the fact that it was primarily self-defense and accused him of first degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence. These are the cases of only three kids who got life without parole but there are so many more.
As I sat down and interviewed Sheriff Raul Maldonado he states, "[Enter Quote] ".Additionally, by killing felonies, there will be more room and less prison crowding which is a main issues in many prisons. As a result of inmates on death row, it cost just as much to feed, house, and schedule the date rather than simply dying then and there. People forget that all this has to be paid somehow and that comes from the taxes that citizen have to pay weather to not they support this act. The director of death penalty resources at Justice for All states, “"Many opponents present, as fact, that the cost of the death penalty is so expensive (at least $2 million per case? ), that we must choose life without parole ( 'LWOP ') at a cost of $1 million for 50 years.
Here is another case where a person was not as lucky as Kirk Bloodsworth. “In Texas in 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for the arson-murder of his three children. Independent investigations by a newspaper, a nonprofit organization using top experts in the field of fire science, and an independent expert hired by the State of Texas all found that accident, not arson was the cause of the fire. There simply was no reliable evidence that the children were murdered. Yet even with these reports in hand, the state of Texas executed Mr. Willingham.