The Fellowship Of The Ring Essay

1869 Words Nov 8th, 2016 8 Pages
“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring). The killing of someone for a crime has been around for many years. As far back as Ancient Law of China and the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon, the death penalty has been established as a punishment for crimes. The first recorded execution in the English American colonies was in 1608 when George Kendall of Virginia was executed for “supposedly plotting to betray the British to the Spanish”. The first legal execution of a criminal was in 1622, Daniel Frank, for the crime of theft (PBS). Jump forward to around the time of 1972, the US Supreme Court declared the death penalty as unconstitutional and against the 8th amendment, cruel and unusual punishment (Furman v. Georgia, 408 US 283). It only lasted till 1976, where the US Supreme Court reversed its course toward abolition of the death penalty by approving several newly enacted capital statutes (Gregg V. Georgia, 428 US 153). These court cases were the first time the US Supreme Court really argued for and against capital punishment. Not just US Supreme Court though, public opinion about the death penalty in America over the past 80 years has fluctuated. According to Sara Kehaulani Goo, of the Pew Research Center, around 1935, 59% favored and 38% opposed, between 1955-1975 people favored by a small 5%, by 1975-1955 it rose to 78%…

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