The Death Penalty Should Not be Legal in the America? Essay

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What are the two things in America that absolutely everyone has an opinion on: Two things, abortion and the death penalty. There have been multiple cases where death row inmates have been found innocent before being put to death, and then there are few that have ended unfortunately. Cases like Carlos DeLuna, where they have been put to death then found innocent after the deed had been done. For this exact reason, the death penalty should not be legal in the America. The death penalty has been around from the earliest known civilizations to present day America. The first recorded use of the death penalty was by the king of Babylon, Hammurabi in the early 18th century B.C. (“Penalty” 2). The Babylonian king had as many as 25 …show more content…
Just as in England the death penalty was extremely common in the 13 colonies of America, the supposed “free world” (Rust 1). The first recorded and really known death penalty was sentenced to Captain George Kendall for spying on the colonies for Spain. He was put to death by public execution in Jamestown, Virginia. This was viewed as a warning to the colonists (“Penalty” 2). The people in America soon got used to the executions and stopped paying attention altogether. The following example shows just how popular the death penalty was in the 17th century (“Penalty” 2). In 1612, a man named Thomas Dale was put to death for being convicted of adultery, blasphemy of God and trading with natives (Staff 1). In 1636, in Mass Bay 13 people were put to death for being accused of witchcraft with no evidence of this conviction (Staff 2). In 1794 Pennsylvania was the first state to do away with the penalty except for convictions of first degree murder (Staff 2). In 1890, the first man to die on the newly invented electric chair was William Kennler (Staff 2). In 1924 cyanide gas was introduced in Nevada and a man named Gee Jon was the first person to be executed using the deadly gas. First, they tried releasing it into his cell while he was asleep, which did nothing. This was proof that changes needed to occur, so the gas chamber was built. Gee Jon was the first to die (“Penalty” 2). In the year

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