Capital Punishment Should Not Be Legal

950 Words Apr 25th, 2015 4 Pages
Capital Punishment is still used in the United States, and there has been 152 people that has been released from death row since 1973. There has been many more people that were not released but executed and possibly innocent. Kantian ethics is the theory that says the moral actions are not determined by the consequences but by the right nature of the action. Capital punishment may be questionable with some cases of innocents, with that being said the use of capital punishment should only be used with cases to be absolute guilt. Capital punishment is also known as the death penalty, where someone is executed for the actions of their crime. Some people believe it is ethically wrong, while others try to justify the use of it. Some argue that it goes against the law, or unconstitutional, we have set up today, such as the Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. The Fifth Amendment talks about the right of due process and double-jeopardy. People think this goes against capital punishment when executions do not go correctly causing a second attempt. The Eighth Amendment is the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, which goes with if people believe that executions are cruel. The Fourteenth Amendment talks about the Due Process Clause and citizen rights. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, “Each state has their own laws the deal with capital punishment, along with the factors of when it is used” (“Aggravation Factors”). Along with unconstitutional, people…
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