Essay about Who Can Be Executed?

712 Words Nov 8th, 2015 3 Pages
Who can be executed? Under the Eighth Amendment, the punishment must be related to the crime, so the execution is appropriate for all murder cases. The new death penalty laws require judges and juries to consider aggravating and mitigating factors in each capita case and to apply the death to all heinous crimes. The Eighth Amendment finds justice should be served in all heinous crimes and those may be sentenced to death. The controversial debate on the Eighth Amendment has been going on years but recently the debate over age, race, mental retardation, and mental ill on whether who should receive the death penalty. Most states do not believe in executing a child, they believe a teenage committing a heinous crime still has time to grow and mature. The first Supreme Court case, Eddings v. Oklahoma (1982) dismissed the death sentence on this sixteen-year-old boy because the child is inexperience, less educated and has no appreciations of the consequences that may happen to him. Most children have anger issues and act out but have no real thought of what they are actually doing is unlawful by killing person.
There have been controversies over the years as to whether the criminal justice system is biased towards certain races when it comes to the death penalty. The percentage of Blacks being executed is far more exceeding than there general population. “Jurors in Washington state are three times more likely to recommend a death sentence for a black defendant than for a white…

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