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Death Penalty.

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Death Penalty 1) The text is about a famous Britain hangman called Albert Pierrepoint. He worked 25 years as an executioner and in this period he carried out over 100 executions. He was known as a very professional man, who kept his feelings away from the job. But suddenly seven months after he had hanged Ruth Ellis, he resigned. He didn't give any reason, but in 1974 he published a biography called "Executioner Pierrepoint, in which he admitted to have been emotionally involved in some of the executions. Furthermore he said that all the executions had "achieved nothing but revenge". But he still didn't feel any guilt, even though he admitted that he could have executed innocent persons. ...read more.

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3) In 1972 the Supreme Court declared the death penalty as forbidden, but in 1976 it was taken into use again. Today, according to the map, there is only 14 states without death penalty and 36 states with death penalty, but only 13 states has actually carried out executions. Since 1976 a total of 121 executions has been carried out. The vast majority of these executions have taken place in the southern states. There are probably several reasons for this, but I think the main causes are racism and bad legal advice. It's a fact that if a black person kills a white, the chances that he will be sentenced to death penalty is much bigger, than if it goes the opposite way It's also a fact that many of the death sentenced haven't got the opportunities to get a good lawyer, which means a fair trial. ...read more.

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But on the other hand if you lock them up forever, it wouldn't do any good either. So maybe death penalty is the right thing in some cases. Recently there has been a debate going, about that there has been executed innocent people, which of course is a serious problem. From a legal point of view, I think it's a big mistake to sentence someone to death, without having very clear evidence that not only indicates, but also states that the prosecuted person is guilty. I don't think the US will ever get rid of death penalty, because the majority of the American population is for the death penalty. I don't think we will see death penalty in Denmark, because the crime we are dealing with in Denmark is way different from the one they are experiencing in the US. ...read more.

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