The Trial Goes On The Young Man Essay

1286 Words Nov 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Imagine a man around his early to mid-twenties being walked into a court room. You are a member of the jury, deciding whether to convict this man of first degree murder for killing his father to inherit his fortune. As the trial goes on the young says that he did not kill his father on purpose, but in a fit of rage, though the evidence being presented by the prosecution shows otherwise. With the evidence pilling up, it’s time for you and the rest of the jurors to go and deliberate. Three hours later after fully going over the case and everything that was presented, you and the rest of the jurors have reached a unanimous decision. The young man is guilty. The head juror gives the judge the sentence and then everyone waits to hear what the judge will be sentencing him to. After a few minutes the judge has come to his conclusion. The young man is sentenced with the death penalty. Capital punishment or the death penalty as we more commonly know it, is not an uncommon way that criminals are punished with in the American justice system. There is a lot of arguments and debates over whether capital punishment can truly be justified. According to Sandel, “Justice is teleological. Defining rights requires us to figure out the telos (the purpose, end, or essential nature) of the social practice in question. Justice is honorific. To reason about the telos of a practice-or to argue about it- is, at least in part, to reason or argue about what virtues it should honor and reward (Sandel,…

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