Death Penalty, Why It's Bad

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The Death Penalty. A heated debate? A pressing issue? Only in America. The United States of America is the only industrialized democratic nation in the world that still uses the death penalty. There are several primary reasons why the death penalty should be exonerated. Reason one: The Death Penalty is unfairly applied throughout the country. In Furman v. Georgia, the death penalty was banned because it was being sentenced without standards or order. Even though that Supreme Court case was overturn four years later, the problem still exists. A man who is convicted of murder in Texas (a state with over 250 executions and 450 more on Death Row last year) is more likely to be sentenced to death than a man who is convicted of murder in Connecticut (a state where the death penalty has been legal for over 7 years and there has not been one execution.) It is also unfairly distributed among minorities and the impoverished. ‘Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, 158 black defendants have been executed for the murder of a white victim, while only 11 white defendants have been exe Continue...


Some people, such as the President of the United States, believe that the death penalty deters crime. People who are able to pay for their own attorneys, as well as those who are able to afford bail, are more likely not to be sentenced to death. Julie Welsh was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, her father, Bud's first reaction was for the person who committed the crime to be killed, but later realized that revenge is not the answer. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Columbia Law School did a study and found that two thirds of all capitol trials contained major errors. "Vengeance is a strong and natural emotion. " Reason Four: Innocent people will be killed from the Death Penalty. That means for every 7 people we execute, there is a person who was on Death Row, who never should have been convicted. Simpson's lawyer once said: "Money doesn't buy justice, lack of money buys injustice. cuted for the murder of a black victim. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.