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Capital Punishment. Should it be re-introduced into Britain?

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Capital Punishment. Should it be re-introduced into Britain? Since early man, capital punishment has been accepted as part of life. Their view was that if some one took another's life, then they should pay for it with their own, "Like punishment or like crime." Though during the reigns of King Canute and William the Conqueror, it is known, that not one case of capital punishment was ever enforced. That was no mean achievement for William the Conqueror, with rebellious up-risings being commonplace, especially in Northumbria. Although admittedly the results of interrogation and torture were often fatal. The earliest recording of capital punishment is in the "Code of Hammurabi" (written around 1750 BC) as well as this The Bible dictates capital punishment for some 30 crimes, including murder (Exodus 21:12) to fornication (Deuteronomy 22:13). "The Draconian Code" of ancient Greece went to the extreme imposing death as the penalty for every offence. But does this mean it has a place in the modern world, and more exactly, in Britain? Well the fact that not one case of capital punishment was enforced during the reigns of King Canute and William the Conqueror would seem to suggest that it acts as a very effective deterrent. But to be sure we would have to have the crime figures during reigns, and the figures would have to mention how many murders there were and the like. ...read more.

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On the 6th May 1881, Cavendish the British Minister for Ireland and Burke the highest-ranking Irish civil servant were found assinated. Two Invincibles, Timothy Kelly and Joseph Brady had stabbed them from behind, they made their escape in a carriage driven by a man named Kavanagh. January 26th 1883, the two Invincibles along with three others were hanged, the prosecution was based mainly on evidence given by Kavanagh and other previous comrades. All five hanged had been found to have previous convictions of murder though had for some odd reason not been executed, they had all re-offended. Capital Punishment has always been dogged by cases where innocent people have been tried and murdered or as some say "executed" or where an accessory to a murder has been hanged. The most noticeable case is that of Craig and Bentley: they had broken into a warehouse in London, Barlow and Parker's, November 1952. The two, were on the roof when police had come to make their arrests. Bentley gave himself up almost straight away, and warned the police Craig had a gun. Craig then turned and pointed the gun at the officer, as Craig did this, Bentley shouted: "Let him have it, Chris!" Craig then shot the officer. Because Craig was under the legal age to be executed, he was to serve a prison sentence for 10 years. ...read more.

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That's not to say it isn't there now, just that it would be more serious if it lead to the execution of poverty stricken, black, old woman. "The death penalty is a poor person's issue. Always remember that: after all the rhetoric that goes on in the legislative assemblies, in the end, when the desk is cast our, it is the poor who are selected to die in this country." Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J This means that the rich can afford the best barristers, who can get them off the hook and finding the innocent verdict the guilty rich person craves. Where as the poor can't afford the barrister and so get the cheaper ones, who don't put up such a good defence, and the innocent, poor person is found guilty and dies by execution. I believe that Britain is civilised, but I believe that if Britain was to re-introduce capital punishment we would lose a bit of our civilised conscience and fall upon our very primitive sense of retribution, retribution does not belong in a civilised country! And do we really have the right to judge whether one person is guilty or not, when we are guilty of thousands of sins ourselves: "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first" Jesus of Nazareth, condemning a public execution of a woman for adultery. (John 8:7) ?? ?? ?? ?? 01/05/2007 Jonathan West, 10W ...read more.

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