Death Penalty Case Analysis

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Since 1973, an estimated 140 individuals have been released from death row, some merely seconds before execution, because of a newfound innocence. (Rust-Tierney, 2011) Additionally, every 1 in 25 people sentenced to death row are faultless. (Rust-Tierney, 2011) There are many cases with strong evidence of innocence, however, once the defendant is charged with capital punishment, defense attorneys more often than not move on to other cases, and the defendants case is closed and never re-looked upon. Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgman, residents of Cincinnati, Ohio were falsely accused of the murder of a twelve-year old boy in 1975. These men spent 39 years in jail for a crime they did not commit, and finally in 2014 were released. Bridgeman states…show more content…
Unsurprisingly, the death penalty system in the United States is immensely bias, and applied in a way that is unjust for individuals on trial. It is largely dependent on an individual’s social class, race, and the attorney’s skill. (Williams) A study by Professor Kathrine Beckett showed that jurors in Washington are four and a half times more likely to charge a black defendant with the death sentence over a white defendant. (Williams) These chances become enlarged if the victim was white. Moreover, according to the U.S. Appeals Court judge, over 99% of people on death row are impecunious. (Keller) Although people of various incomes commit murder, those who are less wealthy are most preeminent in receiving the death penalty. Arguably, one of the most important aspects on winning a case resulting in death penalty is the efficiency of the lawyer. Most defendants in capital cases cannot afford a lawyer on their own and appointed a lawyer. The attorneys representing them are many times overworked, underpaid, and inexperienced, leaving the defendant with a poor case, and perhaps a great tribute to their death. Overall, Capital Punishment is a broken, predisposed system of unjust
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