The Reasons Of The Death Penalty

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The death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. The Eighth Amendment prohibits the government from inflicting this upon others. Many court cases have involved the Eighth Amendment which has saved people from death. Although, this number is only a fraction of the number of executions since 1976. Even “innocent” people are executed, only to find out later that they really were innocent. The death penalty is just another form of revenge. Families are in a time of grievance and want revenge for what has happened. What they do not realize is that putting someone to death for a crime does not fix anything. Criminals get the easy way out of all the shame and guilt they feel. The death penalty should be abolished, due to pitiful Supreme …show more content…
All 32 states use the lethal injection method. A needle is put into the inmate, usually in the arm, in a vein. The first step is a saline solution. A curtain is then raised so a witness can watch. Sodium thiopental is injected which puts the inmate to sleep. Pavulon (pancuronium bromide) is injected and paralyzes the muscles and stops the breathing. Lastly is potassium chloride, which stops the heart. Death results while the inmate is unconscious (“Descriptions”). Many reasons exist why the death penalty should be abolished. The death penalty is flawed. The three-drug lethal injection is difficult to obtain because pharmacies are refusing to sell them. States that that have the death penalty use a process using one, two, or even three drugs (“Capital”). Although, sometimes these drugs do not work quickly and efficiently. There are questions about the humaneness of these lethal injections. Dennis McGuire, while gasping for air over and over, took a total of 26 minutes to die. Michael Lee Wilson’s last words were that he felt his whole body burning …show more content…
There are eight main court cases that involve the death penalty. The first is Kennedy v Louisiana. Patrick Kennedy raped his eight-year-old stepdaughter. Louisiana state authorized capital punishment because she was under twelve. Although, the Eighth Amendment kept Louisiana from imposing death because the crime did not result or was intended to result in death. In Baze v Rees, Ralph Baze and Thomas Bowling were convicted for murder and received death penalties in Kentucky. They argued that the Eighth Amendment banned the lethal injection protocol, but the Supreme Court said it was constitutional. Roper v Simmons was the third case. Donald P. Roper challenged the Missouri Supreme Court to set aside the death penalty of Christopher Simmons for life imprisonment without eligibility for release. When Simmons was seventeen, he planned and committed murder, but once he was eighteen, he was sentenced to death. The Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments kept him from death because he was seventeen when he did it. In Ring v Arizona, Timothy Ring committed first-degree murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment, but then received the death penalty. The Sixth Amendment reversed it, so he was not put to death. In Atkins v Virginia, Daryl Atkins and William Jones committed murder. Atkins proved to be somewhat mentally retarded. Judgements of State Legislatures had become more lenient on

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