The Death Penalty Is The Punishment Of A Capital Crime

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The death penalty is the punishment of implementation administered to someone guilty of a capital crime. Death penalty is also referred to as capital punishment that also takes care of the implementation of the penalty once found guilty by the relevant authorities. The penalty laws, however, date as far as the 18th century during the reign of King Hammurabi of Babylon. This fact according to history codified the penalty for 25 different crimes (Murphy and Russell). It was also part of the 14 century BC. It was also the only punishment for all offenses in the 7th century BCs draconian code of Athens. This penalty was also carried out in the form of crucifixion, drowning, and burning alive in the 5th century’s BC Roman law of the 12 tablets. In Britain in the 10th century A.D, hanging became the usual method of execution.
The death penalty was however abolished for some time until the 16th century under the leadership of Henry the eighth when it was reintroduced through boiling, hanging, or beheading for offenses such as marrying a Jew or treason (Hood, Roger, and Surya). The crimes for the death penalty, however, increased in Britain over the years with many juries avoiding to convict defendants if the offenses were not that serious. This however led to reforms and the system abolished it for over 100 crimes punishable by death in Britain. These reforms influenced the United States of America than any other country, and when the Europeans came to the new era they also…
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