Taking a Look at Capital Punishment

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Death penalty is also known as capital punishment. Capital Punishment is a penalty of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. The death penalty was established in America in 1608. The British influenced America to use the death sentence. The first recorded practice of the death penalty in America was to Caption George Kendall in Virginia, he was found guilty of being a spy for Spain. However, the death penalty came long before Captain George Kendall. The first established record of capital punishment that has been recorded goes back to the 18th century B.C in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon, famously known as, an eye for an eye. Another record of the death penalty comes from the 14th century B.C Hittite Code, 7th century B.C Roman laws of the 12 Tablets, also famously known as the crucifixion. Death sentences came in varies ways, such as, burning alive (witch craft), beaten to death, stoning, drowning and impalement. So, as you see the death penalty has been with us for a while and shortly after, it was presented to America.

Capital punishment has been changed over time. In 1612, the Moral and Martial Laws were established by a Virginia Governor, which offered the death penalty for even minor offenses such as stealing, killing animals, and trading with Indians. Each colony had different death penalty law. The New York State instituted the Duke's Laws of 1665. Under the New York State laws, offenses such as disobeying and/or hitting
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