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According to the affirmitive team, the death penalty is a contradiction of the constitution.

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According to the affirmitive team, the death penalty is a contradiction of the constitution. In their plan they stated that they would like to enforce the 8th amendment, which states, "nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." In the case of Furman Vs. Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that capital punishment, as it was imposed, violated this amendment. The court held that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment because it was not applied fairly and uniformly. Many states then adopted new laws designed to meet the court's objections. The court has ruled that the death penalty may be imposed if certain standards are applied to guard against its arbitrary use. Note that the court held capital punishment as cruel and unusual because of how it was applied, not because of the physical nature. As states passed laws designed to meet the court's objections, the court changed its ruling so that the death penalty may be imposed if certain standards are upheld. Therefore, enforcing the 8th amendment, as the affirmitive states in their plan, would be enforcing modern capital punishment. High standards in capital cases are continually upheld, as statistics prove. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, imposition of the death penalty is extraordinarily rare. ...read more.

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Then may I ask what the affirmatives plan for these inmates would be? Although the affirmitive stated in their case outline that no courts or judges, under any circumstances, shall appoint the death penalty, they failed to explain how they will go about making their law constitutional. According to the bill of rights, namely the 5th and 8th amendments, capital punishment, under due process of law and upheld high standards, is fully constitutional. I would like to know how they would go about changing the amendments of the United States constitution, which was written by our forefathers and has been upheld for centuries. According to the Supreme Court of the U.S., capital punishment is constitutional when used as a sentence for a proven crime. In stating advantages in their case outline, the Affirmative developed four main points, none in which I see as un-debatable. First, the affirmative continues to insist that a multitude of money will be saved by life without parole sentencing instead of the death penalty. According to the- Justice for All -bureau of investigation, the cost of a cell for a life w/out parole inmate is roughly 34.2 thousand dollars a year. This is not taking into consideration the fact that a maximum security cell- quite possibly necessary in these cases- is about 75 thousand dollars per year. ...read more.

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The removal of the death penalty will not deter the murders by these people, as it will not deter the murders of many other motives. This few number of people are not even relevant in the debate of the death penalty, no more than the argument that the removal of the prison systems will deter crime because then the offenders would not be able to get into prison, like they wanted. The affirmatives final statement in the advantages of their case outline states that Americans will no longer look upon death so cheaply. This is a pure issue of morals, and is not relevant to the debate. How can a factual conclusion be made that Americans look upon life cheaply. That is a simply a judgment made on the part of the affirmative. Plus, how do they explain thousands of murders yearly if life is not looked upon somewhat cheaply. I believe that this is an irrelevant issue. In conclusion, the Death Penalty is clearly constitutional and is less costly in the long run than life without parole. The affirmative team's plans are clearly faulty and not well thought out. The manufacturing of objects for revenue, whether personal of for the government is unheard of, not to mention bad for the economy. They did not clearly state their plan and procedures for passing such a law as they plan on, and several of their issues are irrelevant. ...read more.

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