Essay about Capital Punishment Law

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The current state of the law regarding capital punishment is that each state is allowed to create its own death penalty statutes and implement the death penalty basically as it chooses. The Supreme Court in Coker v. Georgia did limit the implementation of the death penalty to only apply to the crime of murder and not any other offense such as rape. Currently, 15 American states have partially or completely outlawed the death penalty including Michigan, Alaska, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Maine, California, North Dakota, Minnesota, West Virginia, Iowa, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Capital punishment was briefly abolished from 1972-1976 after the Court ruled, in a very fractured opinion, in the case of Furman v. Georgia…show more content…
After considering all angles, I find that the absolutist view on capital punishment most closely aligns with my personal opinion on the matter, which is that the death penalty should be abolished in all or nearly all scenarios. I arrived at this determination for four main reasons: 1) The Utilitarian’s view that capital punishment
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