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Members of the jury I come before you today in hope of persuading you to remove the ultimate denial of human rights, the death penalty.

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English Oral Members of the jury I come before you today in hope of persuading you to remove the ultimate denial of human rights, the death penalty. I ask you today to put aside your feelings of hate for criminals of past encounters and perform your duty and legal responsibility to remove the death penalty, for while it is in place, justice will never be fully served. For you to fully understand how much of a burden the death penalty places on everyone, I would first like to share with you my past experiences with juries and the death penalty. I have been a professional lawyer for eighteen years now and in that time I have seen many cases where the accused was facing the death penalty. For the larger part of those cases I have been the one defending the accused. In almost all of those cases even though the evidence indicated that the defendant was guilty most of my clients were acquitted. ...read more.

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Surely justice can be served through different means. Now to those of you who remain who still don't share my view, who answered no to both of my questions, I now wish to impress upon you how the death penalty is a burden on everyone else, not just you. It is a burden on the government as it costs more to kill someone than it does to imprison them. It costs between two and three million dollars on average to execute someone, the same cost for imprisoning someone for forty years. Surely life imprisonment would be a less inhumane and less expensive way for justice to be served. The death penalty is also a burden on the families of the offenders. Surely the family would rather the offender is kept in jail, instead of being taken from them. The knowledge that their son or daughter, brother or sister is still alive somewhere would surely be less stressful than having to come to terms with them being gone forever. ...read more.

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The United Kingdoms Royal Commission stated that "there is no clear evidence that the abolition of the death penalty has led to an increase in crime, or that its reintroduction has led to a fall." Recent statistics showed that the abolition of the death penalty has actually led to a fall in crime. In Canada the homicide rate of 3.09 in 1975 has dropped to 1.76 after the abolition of the death penalty. This is a forty four point seven percent drop in homicides. This clearly acknowledges that the death penalty is not a deterrent. Retentionists may also state that the death penalty provides incapacitation of criminals and prevents them from re offending. But surely life imprisonment achieves this in a less inhumane way. The main objective of any punishment is to serve justice. Plato, an ancient Greek philosopher stated that "Justice is a form of correct or proper action." The death penalty is neither correct nor proper, and you the jury have a duty to see that the death penalty is abolished, and that justice is served. ...read more.

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