In Cold Blood Capital Punishment

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As John Morrison exclaimed,“It should be clear that the death penalty does just the opposite of promoting decency and respect for life... It can never be applied fairly.” Since the mid nineteenth century, inmates on death row have been murdered by a plethora of gruesome methods, such as venomous lethal injections, gas chambers, and electrocution. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, there have been 1,413 executions in the United States from 1976 to the present. Although the number of death penalty verdicts are decreasing, flaws in the American judicial system have caused an increase in the amount of punishing wrongfully accused suspects to the death penalty. Sentencing convicts to death row is unreasonable because an excess number …show more content…
As portrayed in the nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, two criminals, Perry Smith and Richard (Dick) Hickock, are put on trial for the murder of four members of the Clutter family. The judge ruled that the pair of lawbreakers were to suffer the worst capital punishment in existence, the death penalty. To begin with, the criminals were up against a bias jury and judge. Judge Tate who conducted the trial was “acquainted with the victims” (Capote 281). Because of his personal connection to the case, he had formed his opinion about the convicts prior …show more content…
In the case of In Cold Blood, Dick and Perry lucidly knew what they were doing when they murdered the Clutter family. Their primary intentions on breaking into the Clutter house was not to murder the family, but to rob them of their money. Although they “didn’t want to harm the [family]” (Capote 244) at first, they shot them dead because they wanted “no witnesses” (Capote 245) to their crime. The duo knowingly

Cordover 5 killed four people. Numerous Americans believe that the death penalty is what murderous criminals, like Hickock and Smith, deserve.
Whilst some think that the death penalty is a fair sanction, it is an inequitable penance because many convicts on death row suffered from prejudiced trials, were mentally-ill, or were wrongfully accused. There have been hundreds of unjustified deaths from the death penalty. In conclusion, the death sentence is an unnecessary form of punishment that advocates the obliteration of human life. There is no proof whatsoever that the death penalty serves as a deterrent to

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