COMMENTARY ON TWO SOURCES OF INFORMATION- CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

COURSEWORK B- COMMENTARY ON TWO SOURCES OF INFORMATION- CAPITAL PUNISHMENT "We are concerned here only with the imposition of capital punishment for the crime of murder, and when a life has been taken deliberately by the offender; we cannot say that the punishment is invariably disproportionate to the crime. It is an extreme sanction suitable to the most extreme of crimes" (Potter Stewart, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court) 'Capital Punishment' or the 'Death Penalty' is a way of killing criminals for an offence they have committed. Many countries and nations use the death penalty as their most severe and powerful form of punishment. The death penalty is an arguable issue, and is frequently discussed and talked about in our modern society. In my response to the death penalty, I will be explaining and discussing whether the use of the death penalty is the appropriate and justifiable method for punishing a criminal. I will be doing this by using two sources of information provided by our teacher. These are: The article "Why I'd gladly hang Huntley" by Simon Heffer, and the film, "The life of David Gale" There are many different ways of performing the death penalty. In America, most 38 out of 50 states have the death penalty in use. One of the ways of killing a criminal is hanging them using ropes. If this is done correctly, then upon the criminal's release, the impact of

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With reference to characterisation and film techniques, how does the director Tim Robbins depict the death penalty in his film''Dead Man Walking''?

With reference to characterisation and film techniques, how does the director Tim Robbins Depict the death penalty in his film ''Dead Man Walking''? Johir Islam The first laws sanctioning the death penalty were established in the 18th century BC. At that time, the death penalty was used all over the world. However in 1846, Michigan became the first state in the U.S. to abolish the death penalty for all crimes except treason. By 1917, nine states had completely abolished the death penalty for all crimes or strictly limited it. The use of cyanide gas as a means of execution was introduced in 1924. Many thought this method was brutal and inhumane. A Gallup Poll conducted in 1966 showed support for the death penalty at an all time low and finally, in June 1972, the Supreme Court suspended the death penalty. It was reinstated shortly after in 1976. The lethal injection was seen as the most humane and painless method of execution. Oklahoma became the first state to adopt the lethal injection in 1977. Charles Brookes became the first person to be executed by this method five years later. In April 1999, the UN Human Rights Commission Resolution began to support a world-wide moratorium on executions. To this day, the death penalty is still used as a form of punishment in around 30 of the 52 states in North America. The film ''Dead Man Walking'' was directed by Tim Robbins and was

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Death by Socrates and Homer.

Kimberly Morgan May 6, 2003 Gov't 323 Professor Char Miller Death by Socrates and Homer Through out the history of man, there has always been one true guarantee from the moment of birth, the guarantee of death. It is in escapable; no matter what a person does there will come at time in their life when they will die. Many have theorized about what happens after death. Some have spoken of near death experiences in which they have caught a glimpse of the after life. There seems to be a common belief in the world that after the physical body dies the soul lives on. It is this belief that produces the question of what happens to the soul after is separates from the physical body. Many religions theorize that after death the soul goes though a judgment. A judgment of its activities here on earth. This judgment determines where the soul will spend the rest of eternality. However, none of these theories or beliefs can be proven or disproved. In the book The Trial and Death of Socrates; Four Dialogues written by Plato, Socrates refuses to escape his execution because he believes that would be unjust, and he would rather do the right thing by accepting his execution and allow his soul to move on to a better afterlife. Some feel as though life on earth is better then life after death; in the book The Iliad written by Homer, Homer portrays death as inevitable doom that all mortals

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Capital Punishment has been recognised as a civilised way of disposing of their unwanted criminals by most countries at one time in their history

Capital Punishment has been recognised as a civilised way of disposing of their unwanted criminals by most countries at one time in their history. Slowly countries that claim it is uncivilised to kill people for crimes they have committed have abolished the death penalty. There are strong arguments for and against the use of the death penalty in a society that claims to be civilised and in this essay I will examine them. I will also look at the impact of the death penalty on crime figures in Britain before and after 1965 and in the USA today. I feel it is important to include the USA in this essay as it is the only westernised country where you can still be executed for crimes you have committed. Over the years countries have tried to come up with the most seemingly civilised ways to put people to death. One of the main arguments for the abolishment of the death penalty was that it is unreasonable to ask someone else to kill someone for their crimes thus making them a murderer. Countries have tried to find the most indirect way of putting criminals to death however the act still have to be committed. Technology has come along way from the primitive times of just chopping someone´s head of with an axe or hanging them by their neck from the nearest tree In 1887 an American dentist made of the biggest advances in 'humane´ capital punishment. He devised and built a chair with

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The mysterious bog people.

THE MYSTERIOUS BOG PEOPLE INTRODUCTION On May 8th, 1950, two Danish men were cutting peat at Tollund Fen in Denmark when suddenly they saw a human face bulge from the peat. Horrified, they had first thought it to be the buried remains of a murder victim but it turned out to be something totally different and the local police called for archaeologist Peter Glob. The bog body became known as the Tollund man, he was lying naked except for a leather cap and belt, with his legs drawn up in the fetal position. When the peat around his neck was removed, archaeologists discovered the rope which he was hanged by about 2, 000 years ago. The Tollund man was not the only ancient body recovered from a bog. In fact, hundreds of men, women, and children have been discovered during peat-cutting activities decades or centuries ago in northwestern Europe - particularly in Denmark, the Netherlands, northern Germany, Ireland, and Great Britain. (http://tornadohills.com/strange/bog_people.htm). These people are known as "The Bog People." This term is used to label the preserved remains of the people (dating from the Metholistic period) who have been recovered from peat bogs. (VanMeter, 1998). This report will focus on the description of these mysterious people, their fate, scientific research that is performed on the bodies, famous bog discoveries, and future of the bog bodies. WHAT

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Is capital punishment just?

Capital Punishment POSITION PAPER (Death penalty) Is capital punishment just? The death penalty is a controversial issue for most people. Supporter's claim that it eliminates repeat offenders, deters potential murderers and is the ultimate retribution. Opponents denounce it as murder, say that it does not cause deterrence but rather promotes violence and claim that it introduces the chance of an innocent person being executed. Due to the arguments presented by both sides and because of my own personal beliefs, the argument against legal execution is most compelling. The idea of putting another human to death is hard to completely fathom. The physical mechanics involved in carrying out a death sentence on another person, regardless of how much they deserve it, is beyond human understanding. In the United States, there are thirty-eight states that have the death penalty and twelve without capital punishment. The first method used was in New York in 1890 and is still in use in thirteen states. "Old Sparky" was the horrific outcome of Thomas Edison's attempt to show the dangers of the AC power supply being promoted by his rivals (Anderson, 51). The condemned is strapped to a wooden chair, electrodes are attached, and a shock of thirty thousand watts is applied. The prisoner is literally cooked internally, and death may require multiple shocks. When someone was executed with

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Capital Punishment: Punishment or Murder?

Capital Punishment: Punishment or Murder? Capital punishment has come a long way in history that has been recognized as a form of punishment to serve justice but does it serve its duty as a form of punishment to prevent murder or is it an act of murder itself ? There are arguments, which support this form of punishment yet there are arguments, which deny this form of punishment and conceive it to be a form of murder. There will be 6 concise arguments clearly stated in this essay which deny this form of punishment and conceive it to be a form of murder, which are: the Christian aspects towards capital punishment, how capital punishment does not prevent murder, the case of wrongful convictions, cruel and unusual punishment, how capital punishment is more costly than incarceration, and finally the fact that capital punishment is unjustified and unfair. These arguments will clearly show how capital punishment maybe perceived as a form of punishment but consequently does not serve justice and is immoral in principle nor does it seek to fit the crime of any matter. It is an inhumane taking of human life and has no place in a civilized society to serve justice but can only be conceived as a form of murder. The Christians believe murder is a sin and is an issue that should not be punished by death nor should vengeance be taken upon. In the Bible Romans: 12:19 clearly states "

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Should Capital Punishment be reintroduced into Britain?

Should Capital Punishment be reintroduced into Britain? Capital punishment cannot take back what has already been lost. Life is sacred and to destroy it is unforgivable. So why let law carry out the same barbaric, slaughter? Osuma Bin Laden is a good example of why capital punishment should not be used. He created so much grief and destroyed so many lives that to bring death down upon him, does not seem to me like a suitable punishment. Death by no means is the harshest punishment for him or anyone else who has committed a crime. By killing through law we all become hypocrites of our own making. We say life is precious, that I know. We value ourselves enough to believe this, but cannot stick by our principles when we are tested to the limit. Human's ability to forgive sometimes betrays us all. Capital punishment being reintroduced into Britain cannot be answered one way or another by statistics and figures. It rests upon the soul of man; his or her love or hatred for life could change someone else's forever. Would you be able to slay someone for his or her felony? Many religious individuals believe that it is within the Bible that capital punishment should be legalised here. They believe that because Jesus was killed at the cross by public execution that this is a form of capital punishment. However, they fail to see that whilst the bible portrays an execution the bible

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Capital Punishment has been recognised as a civilised way of disposing of their unwanted criminals by most countries any some point in time.

Capital Punishment has been recognised as a civilised way of disposing of their unwanted criminals by most countries at one time in their history. Slowly countries that claim it is uncivilised to kill people for crimes they have committed have abolished the death penalty. There are strong arguments for and against the use of the death penalty in a society that claims to be civilised and in this essay I will examine them. I will also look at the impact of the death penalty on crime figures in Britain before and after 1965 and in the USA today. I feel it is important to include the USA in this essay as it is the only westernised country where you can still be executed for crimes you have committed. Over the years countries have tried to come up with the most seemingly civilised ways to putt people to death. One of the main arguments for the abolishment of the death penalty was that it is unreasonable to ask someone else to kill someone for their crimes thus making them a murderer. Countries have tried to find the most indirect way of putting criminals to death however the act still have to be committed. Technology has come along way from the primitive times of just chopping someone's head of with an axe or hanging them by their neck from the nearest tree. In 1887 an American dentist made of the biggest advances in 'humane´ capital punishment. He devised and built a chair with

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We have studied Capital Punishment throughout this last term and we have discussed many different Bible passages. This is one of the most effective passages we have studied.

We have studied Capital Punishment throughout this last term and we have discussed many different Bible passages. This is one of the most effective passages we have studied. The Adulterous Woman. John 8:1 This was about a woman who had been caught committing adultery, and had to stand in front of the teachers of the law and Pharisees and also Jesus, and they said that "In our law Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death," and then they put all the pressure on Jesus by saying what do you think, and then said to Jesus, so that they could accuse him, but they didn't trap Jesus. Jesus then said "If any of you have not committed a sin you can throw the first stone at her." The older people left first and eventually everybody had gone, and there was just Jesus and the woman left. Jesus said to her "Where are they all, there is no one left to condemn you," and then said " I don't condemn you either, go, but do not sin again." This parable teaches that we don't have to be punished to death if it was the first time you have sinned but if you keep on sinning there should be a strong punishment, and then you can punish people that have sinned. I think this is one of the best parables to read by Christians because it shows that Jesus gives people a second chance. We have studied many other passages including the penitent Thief, The two sons and the unmerciful servant.

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