The Death Penalty And Capital Punishment Essay

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Death Penalty The death penalty or Capital punishment is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a capital crime. However, since this punishment is established people are still wondering if the death penalty is a fair verdict. The first death penalty laws are established as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon (in modern-day Iraq). The code implies that there are twenty-five crimes punishable by death in these times. The Death Penalty Information Center states that Great Britain influences the United States to use capital punishment for those who commit any kind of offences. The first person sentences to death it is Captain George Kendall, he is hanged for the capital offense of treason that occurs in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608 (Urbina). After several years, the United States government decides to implement its first congressional law on death penalty and it is applied on April, 30 1790 (Jordan). Back then, the Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution are interpreted as permitting the death penalty (Palmer 10-11). By April, 1 2008, 37 States legalize capital punishment as verdict for capital offences such as murder or treason (Jordan). William Bradford, Pennsylvania 's attorney-general writes, “Introduce Concept of Varying Degrees of Murder and Contributes to Softening of Death Penalty Laws,” this document is one of the first in America that…

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