A Look into Capital Punishment in America Essay

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THE ULTIMATE PRICE: A Look into Capital Punishment in America

Many Americans claim that capital punishment is a cruel and unusual punishment and goes against a persons constitutional rights. On the other hand, many Americans support it and claim it is against ther constitutional right not to carry out the death penalty. How are we to know what is right? In all honesty, facts, papers, journals, etc. can not decide how I am truly going to feel about a subject that is very much a macro-argument. None the less, here Americans sit, letting “their” opinion being primarily based off of claims and subclaims made by one side or the other. I guess that is what we will do here. I believe that if we are to look at papers, we might as well look at
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Georgia that use of the death penalty in rape cases is disproportionate to the crime, and therefore unconstitutional.
1982 - DNA testing is first used as evidence in court to exonerate a condemned prisoner.

June 11, 2001 - Oklahoma City Federal Building bomber Timothy McVeigh is the first federal prisoner executed in 38 years.
June 20, 2002 - The Supreme Court rules 6-3 in Atkins v. Virginia that executing the mentally retarded is unconstitutional.
October 21, 2002 - In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court refuses to reexamine whether executing killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes is constitutional. The US, along with Somalia, is one of the last remaining countries in the world where it is legal to execute juveniles.
January 11, 2003 - Republican Governor George Ryan grants blanket clemency to all 167 people on death row in Illinois, commuting their sentences to life without parole.
2003 - Worldwide, 115 countries have abolished the death penalty. The US lags behind only China and Iran in the number of executions carried out.

As shown in this brief time line of the death penalty, capital punishment has been around since the “New World’s” beginning. The same claim has been made for all the years since; the death penalty solves nothing, it only turns the United States into the “murderer” and the murderer into the victim; it seems that the United States is playing God. My question is why “playing God” is not warranted

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