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The Thin Blue Line Analysis

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For the class CJ ST 410x we have examined capital punishment to determine whether it is constitutional or not, along with what forms may be considered acceptable, and how to prevent wrongful convictions so that innocent people are not getting executed. Now in the examination of a documentary that focuses on a capital case, we should figure out how the views of this movie may agree or disagree with what we have learnt from the textbook. For this, I watched the 1988 documentary, The Thin Blue Line, by Errol Morris. This film depicts a man who was wrongfully convicted of a murder in Texas, and nearly faced death. In October 1976, two brothers decided to leave their home state of Ohio to travel to California. The brothers ended up in Dallas, TX, the next day 28-year-old Randall Adams was offered a job which he accepted. Adams was to start work the following Saturday, however upon arriving, nobody was there because it was a weekend. He then turned around to go home, but on his way back home his car ran out of gasoline. On the roadside, in an inoperable vehicle, 16-year-old David Ray Harris would offer Adams a ride, which he accepts.
Adams had no clue that Harris had stolen this vehicle from his neighbor in Vidor, TX and that he was carrying a pistol which belonged to his father and a
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Some readings from the textbook mention how execution should only be used for the most dangerous offenders who will likely be a safety risk to others within society and within the prison. Those who will likely not be a risk to others, should receive lesser sentences, such as LWOP. The documentary though, presented a one sentence option, no others. There was no justified reason in attempting to execute Adams. They could have given Harris a LWOP sentence, but because he wasn’t death eligible, they had no interest in him, which shows misconduct on the prosecutions side of the
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