Abolish Capital Punishment

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In the case Weems V. US the US Supreme Court decided that though is has not been determined to what means is a punishment cruel and unusual. It was upheld, however; that the definition should not be held only to the”evil” described by the framers of the constitution. On May 3, 1946, a seventeen year old Willie Francis was convicted and was unsuccessfully executed through the means of an electric chair. Six days after the attempted execution, a new warrant of death was issued and so began the major US Supreme Court case known as the one and only Louisiana Ex rel. Francis V. Resweber. in a 5-4 decision, this act was not cruel and unusual beings that the state of Louisiana had acted in fully good faith while attempting the first execution. The …show more content…
Why should the United States execute anyone and just completely abolish the death penalty? All of these questions are typically asked by abolitionists and are relatively unimportant to the main argument. The only questions that has any importance or relevance is: Does the convict deserve the capital punishment? It is irrelevant where the convict came from, what color his or her skin was, or how many other people managed to pull off the respective crime without being caught and/or punished (Satris 281). The temporal argument to capital punishment say that due to the risk of miscarriages of justice as well as other racial purposes, that their should be an alternative form of punishment to replace the death penalty. The answer to that and the earlier stated questions is, however; that there is no foolproof, ideal, or satisfying alternative. Thus, the strongest argument that abolitionists currently have in their arsenal, the accidental executions of innocent people and overall miscarriages of justice (Van den Haag). A survey was conducted by Professor Michael Radelet and Professor Hugo Adam Bedau which found that between the years of 1900 and 1985, 25 out of 7000 convicts who faced capital punishment were actually innocent. Sacco, Vanzetti, Julius Rosenberg, and Ethel Rosenberg all made the list of the 25 innocent people who faced the death penalty. Though it is unfortunate, the wrongful distribution of the death penalty is irrelevant to its morality and Justice (Satris 281). Much of human activity, no matter how cautious people are, can end up with the deaths of innocent people. Construction workers, electricians, and truckers are all prime examples of dangerous jobs that from time to time, take away an innocent life. We do not give up these tasks because the reward to society highly outweighs the risk of the death of innocent lives (Satris 282). Beings we do not give

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