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Persuasive Speech : The Future Of The Death Penalty

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Comrade judges and layers: I am overjoyed to be here with you today. However, today is not a particularly joyous occasion. Today we are talking about the future of the death penalty. Due to new technology, access to execution drugs, -- or lack thereof, -- irreversible sentences, and constitutional issues, lawyers all around the nation are wondering: is the death penalty actually a good punishment, or should we simply outlaw it? To begin with, new technology has come forth in helping lawyers prove a person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Today, courts and lawyers have access to DNA tests. Modern day technology can now distinguish between individual DNA codes with great accuracy. We can use skin, saliva, blood, and/or hair samples. Half of the cases that have used DNA evidence have confirmed the defendant as guilty. While this can help determine who is guilty, DNA testing can also help determine if someone is not guilty for the crimes they are being charged with. In fact, as of September 2011, 273 people, including 17 death row inmates, have been exonerated due to new DNA evidence. 17 people were wrongly convicted. 17 people waited for years to see their families again. 17 people were put on death row instead of being trusted. 17 people would have been murdered for a crime they did not commit. Without DNA testing, these seventeen lives could be in the ground by now (“DNA”). Another factor that state officials are taking into consideration is the fact that a death penalty
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