The Death Penalty Is A Failed Experiment Essay examples

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Bungled Executions. Backlogged Courts. And Three More Reasons the Modern Death Penalty is a Failed Experiment.
1. Today’s death penalty system is a major failure. 2. Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit stated, “The death penalty is arbitrary, biased, and so fundamentally flawed at its very core that it is beyond repair." 3. The death penalty costs the government millions of dollars per year. 4. A Seattle University study concluded that in the state of Washington each death penalty case costs an average of $1 million more than a similar case where the death penalty was not sought. 5. Times have changed since the first legal case involving the death penalty in 1608. 6. Today lawmakers and judges are starting to believe the death penalty is unconstitutional. 7. Abner J. Mikva, a retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and a former Congressman, recently characterized the death penalty as "legalized murder" and mainly a form of revenge. 8. In an article in Shma Magazine, Mikva stated: "The real reason for executing people is the oldest of reasons: revenge, anger at the felon, but if that is the real reason for remaining outside the fold of all Western nations who have reformed away the death penalty, then why don 't we acknowledge this thorn in our legal system by its appropriate name? We should admit that we engage in legalized murder." 9. There have always been problems and controversy surrounding the death…

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