The Death Penalty : A Controversial Issue Essay

1575 Words Jun 5th, 2016 7 Pages
In recent discussions of the death penalty, a controversial issue has been whether the death penalty being an appropriate punishment or should this type of punishment be abolished by the United States government and its citizens. Edward Koch, who is known as an American lawyer, politician, political commentator, movie critic, and a reality television arbitrator, in his essay, “Death and Justice: How Capital Punishment Affirms Life”, maintains that “Life is precious, and I believe the death penalty helps to affirm this fact” (483). From this perspective, those who are convicted of murder, having their own life taken from them, shows them the reality of what they have done in their life. However, David Bruck, a American criminal defense attorney, clinical professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, wrote in his essay, “The Death Penalty,” his opposing beliefs against the death penalty. Furthermore, he argues that it is an inhumane action to consider and it is also a waste of precious life. It is a blood thirst approach that is fueled by anger and retaliation. David Bruck complicates matters further when he writes, “What really fuels the death penalty is the justifiable frustration and rage of people who see that the government is not coping with violent crime. So what if the death penalty doesn’t work? At least it gives us the satisfaction of knowing that we got one or two of the sons of bitches”…

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