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Capital Punsihment

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Introduction

Capital Punishment Did you know that in the past 20 years more than 124 convicts on death row have now been exonerated because of new evidence? Or that, some convicted murderers, having served their time, have been released to go on and kill again? Capital punishment is a controversial topic that has been discussed by people for centuries and has been an awkward topic for the police and government. The idea of capital punishment has been floating around for many years from crucifixions to the Lethal Injection. Capital punishment is defined as the killing of a person by judicial process as punishment; and the crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offences. My aim today is persuade and inform and in the end lead you to the correct decision that is capital punishment is an unimaginable horror, and is blatantly a miscarriage of power. To start with I am going to tackle the issue head on, not try to distract and delude you by using sneaky techniques, as to only tell my own opinions, but rather to firstly show you the opposition that I face, and how they feel. ...read more.

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An also there are so many contradictions in the bible that you probably can't find a quote that doesn't have another one stating the exact opposite. In addition to that note, a quote against capital punishment is quite simply that in the Ten Commandments it states "thou must not kill" Another view on capital punishment, that people who consider it ok, is that it is maybe even more humane than sending someone to prison. To spend the rest of your life sitting in a cell block the size of a big cupboard and not having any freedom is torture. Seeing the same blank walls every day, the same bed, the same ceiling, this is what would drive you mad. An interesting case of this is the situation concerning a man called Gary Gilmore. Gary Gilmore committed two accounts murder and was consequently sentenced to life imprisonment; however after he was told this he demanded that he be given the death sentence instead. The jury then went and reconsidered this and came out and told him his wish would be followed and he could either be killed by hanging or firing squad. To which he replied "I'd rather be shot". ...read more.

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Reasons: 1) Irreparability in the event of an error of justice, 2) Detrimental moral influence of the execution procedure on those who, whether directly or indirectly, have to do with the procedure." This is undeniably the most logical way to look at the problem, and sums up the way many people look at the problem. Also to prove this point since 1973, 124 people have been exonerated from death row. If these people hadn't been proven innocent in time they would have been killed. They would of then found out they were innocent too late and they would already be dead and that is irreversible. Finally to put into perspective what all of this means, it is that naturally we are all enraged and incensed by extreme acts of violence upon people, like murder, but it is not down to us to decide whether or not someone else lives or dies. We do not hold that power. The risk of an innocent person being sent to death and how that is irreparable is too great a risk to take. So the capital punishment is an aged barbaric tool that needs to be left behind. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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