Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

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Quan Huynh
Pre-Degree III
30 May 2014
Death penalty should be abolished.
Have you ever been punished for something that you ­did not do? What would you feel if someone sentenced you to death because of a crime that you absolutely had nothing to do with? The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) clearly states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” (). Life is the most fundamental and basic right that humans have since they are born until they die. They deserve to live and no one has the right to take their life away. However, capital punishment violates this very
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Despite of having many proofs or trials, every system still has error and fraud, there is always the possibility that the wrong person is executed. It will be a big loss since death penalty is irreversible and dead people cannot be brought back to life. For this reason, life without parole also allows the government to return criminals back to their normal life if they are proved to be innocent afterward. Cases such as Anthony Porter or Ray Krone clearly indicated that our justice system does not always work. Porter who was sentenced to death even though many question arose as to whether he was guilty or innocent because of his mental illness. Eventually Porter was spared and released just two days before his execution thank to a group of investigate journalism students at Northwestern University (Hugo 160). Ray Krone is a Arizona citizen who was charged with murder, kidnapping and sexual assault. He was sentenced to death in 1992 but later he was found not guilty of the sexual assault. After being held and laboring in prison for ten years, a DNA testing, which was conducted on the victim, matched another man named Kenneth Phillips and proved Ray’s innocence. He was exonerated in 2002 and became the 100th person to be exonerated from death row since 1972 (Frank 88). One other important thing is the death
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