Death Penalty Argument Essay

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Brittany Sayles
English 100/ Gianunzio
May 23rd, 2014
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Death Penalty: Unlawful

An ancient proverb provides that “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”, while the Code of Hammurabi in the 18th century B.C. likewise says that “if a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out, if he break another man’s bone, his bone shall be broken.” These moral principles are the foundation of capital punishment. For centuries, the laws of many states adhere to and enforce capital punishment as an infliction against heinous crimes. In essence, capital punishment is usually being observed to preserve peace and order and to prevent anarchy in the society. However, the enforcement of capital punishment raises
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Furthermore, another detrimental impact of capital punishment is that it only helps to send a message to the people that the justice system is an advocate of revenge particularly on the part of the people who got victimized by heinous crimes. The capital punishment sends a message to the people that “the justice system is just there to help the families of the victims of the heinous crimes and not for the accused people who could also be innocent” (Kronenwetter 36). This can also be interpreted as a punishment that does not provide any opportunity for the offenders to correct their mistakes. In this case, the justice system can be viewed as partial and biased as it only helps the victims and not the accused party. The lawyers of the accused party will then have to work extremely hard to gather evidence to spare their client from capital punishment. Many would say that is only natural to feel revenge with situations where someone killed a loved one, so having capital punishment bestowed upon them is the only ethical thing to execute. Although, with the media and attention a capital punishment case gets, it seems to be a very unfair trial that seems biased on the side of the victim. There is no way to possibly say what is right and wrong when it comes to feelings, but the judicial system should.
Moreover, a society that values life does not intentionally kill people. The truth is that
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