Death Punishment: The Use Of The Death Penalty

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The use of the death penalty dates back all the way before the 5th century. People have been sentenced to death for over thousands of years. Currently, 31 states have the death penalty, and 18 sates and the District of Columbia do not have the death penalty. The United States Supreme Court suspended the death penalty, in 1972, because it was unconstitutional. That suspension was short lived because the Court lifted the suspension in 1976. Lethal injection is the most common method of execution, yet there are states that use other methods, including electrocution, gas chambers, hanging, and firing squads. Many of the people who are pro death penalty believe that it will stop criminals from committing crimes. Research doesn 't support that claim. …show more content…
This runs the risk of innocent people being wrongfully executed due to the death penalty being in place. Cameron Todd Willington from Texas was wrongfully executed in 2004 even though there was strong evidence and forensics that proved his innocence. No matter what people think or say, the death penalty is not effective. It is not worth the risk of executing an innocent person, the cost, and it doesn 't make criminals not want to commit crimes. The 8th amendment says “no cruel or unusual punishment”, which the death penalty is. That relates to the punishment that used to be used a long time ago. The death penalty is not considered to be “cruel or unusual”. There used to be worse ways to go about using the death penalty that were way worse. “The 8th Amendment was created to outlaw such practices as burning criminals at the stake, boiling them in oil, or “drawing and quartering”, whereas the convicted felon was tied hands and feet to four horses and literally torn to pieces”. They didn 't think about death all in its self. Therefore, the death penalty should be included under the 8th …show more content…
He had the choice between being hanged, decapitated, or executed by firing squad. He picked firing squad. When they brought him into the jail yard, he asked to not be blinded. The sheriff gave the command to fire, and he moved a little, but just enough for the bullet to hit his arm and torso instead of his heart. He yelled out, “My God! My God! They have missed.” He bled to death after 27 minutes. How is that not considered cruel? In the Coker v. Georgia case in 1977, Erich Antony Coker escaped from prison where he was serving time for murder, rape, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. While escaped, he took a couple hostage, raped the women, and stole their car. He was then captured and was sentenced to death for the rape charge, and appealed it. The death penalty for cases of rape is allowed in the state of Georgia. Many think that the death penalty is unconstitutional in the means of rape. The courts vote was 7-2 no death penalty. They said that the death penalty was “grossly disproportionate” in the case of

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