Put The Death Penalty To Death



Issues dealing with death can be traced all the way back to biblical times. The bible clearly states in Exodus 20:13,"Thou shalt not kill". The Bible also says in Leviticus 24:17, " He who kills a man shall be put to death". As one can clearly see, the issue of the death penalty has been debated forever and is still a controversial issue in America today. Bedua, author of Death is Different, tells us that "[In America, the death penalty was deemed to be unconstitutional until] the United States Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is a deterrent for murder. This definitely seems to be a logical solution because anyone who knows they will die probably is not going to kill another ...

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cannot be given another chance. A prisoner discovered to be blameless can be freed: but neither release nor compensation is possible for a corpse" (1). How can anyone be so inhumane that they, the jury, take someone else's life into their own hands to say whether or not they should die? There are people out there that take people's lives, but a jury should not decide the life of a human being. There is too much room for error in a death penalty trial. People fell sorry for someone who has been wrongfully robbed of a loved one. What if the person on trial was not the person who committed the crime? "According to the 1987 Stanford University survey, at least 23 Americans have been wrongfully executed in the 20th century" (Spinler 1). Although this may not seem like an enormous figure, try to imagine how someone would feel if they had put someone to death and later found out of their innocence.
Secondly, the financial cost of a trial seeking the death penalty far exceeds that ...

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