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    arguing that “people who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty” (2010). Lawyers that are distributed to represent defendants are entrusted with each case because they are certified to practice law, and can guide their client with legal advice that is crucial to help defendants in their case. If a defendant is convicted, the system allows them to appeal to both state and federal courts. In her book, writer Peggy Parks (2009) quotes Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens that “we are duty bound to insure that every safeguard is observed when a defendant 's life is at stake.” With the irrevocability of a death penalty sentence, the appeal process is to limit wrongful sentences. It evaluates the procedures taken during the trial to determine that the courts have not made a mistake in sentencing, and that those convicted have a way to petition their conviction. After utilizing the appeal process, Inmates also have the option of clemency from the governor. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens states that “governors in most states have the power to commute a death sentence to life in prison.” (Parks, 2009). If the system has failed to identify a defendant 's innocence and liberate them of their charges, there is an additional method available for them to plead their innocence before the fulfillment of their sentence. The legal proceeding surrounding the death penalty is to keep the process fair, and give those accused resources to plead their cases; and if…

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    machine guns. James B. Jacobs, the author does not talk about background checks but it talks about multiple assault weapon bans. Jacobs has two good points I could use to describe to the audience what is assault weapon and how they are different from machine guns. This would help my audience understand the type of weapons system we are talking about. The rest of the article I cannot use because it talks about bans. “Is Gun Ownership a Right?” by Lea Sakora, the author writes about the stands…

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    Based on What of This Goldfish Would You Wish?, Texas v. Johnson Majority Opinion, and my own experiences, our reactions to situations define our relationships with others. In the the short story What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish? by Etgar Keret, Yoni a young man with a thirst or making it big by creating a documentary knocking on doors, and asking people if they had three wishes from a magic goldfish what would they ask for. Along Yoni’s journey he comes across a man named Sergei in which…

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    Justice Stevens agreed with the other Justices that school officials do not need a warrant in order to conduct a search. However, Justice Stevens disagreed with the Court establishing the reasonable suspicion standard. Justice Stevens noted, “I believe the nature of the suspected infraction is a matter of first importance in deciding whether any invasion of privacy is permissible.” Justice Stevens believed that conduct should be “unlawful” or at the very least “significantly disruptive” in order…

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    government is hopefully flaw and unconstitutional. Even though as a form Supreme Court justice he had always believed that Capital punishment was a good thing however, now stating it is a terrible action saying “ killing is killing”, he shows how in the last few years the government has become unlawful. Steven states that sometimes the government does not know if a person is guilty while facing execution, to defend themselves for committing the wrong action countries like Georgia who executed…

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    discrimination that is unconstitutional. He accused the court of consistently being objectionable towards cases that inquire about racism in the justice system. He notes that the reason for this is because the court is afraid that the integrity of the judicial process would be compromised. In his opinion he also disagreed with how the majority outweighed McCleskey’s conviction over his equal protection claim. He argued the denial of McCleskey’s claim was due in part of the court’s fear of…

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    Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is the result of a partnership between a journalist, Stephen J. Dubner, and a University of Chicago economist, Steven D. Levitt. The two explain that the premise of Freakonomics sprung from an assignment Dubner received from New York Times Magazine to write a profile of Levitt. While interviewing Levitt, Dubner found that unlike other economists whom he had interviewed, he actually understood Levitt’s quirky yet effective way…

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    duty to protect and foster it at all stages of development from conception to natural death and in all circumstances. Because we acknowledge that human life is also social, society must protect and foster it" (“Consistent Ethic of Life” Bernardin). Once referred to as “the most influential bishop in the history of the American church,” Cardinal Bernardin was a prominent figure in the formation of the understanding of Catholic ethics. He attended Catholic elementary school, until he transitioned…

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    The Girl’s Scene with the Red Coat in Schindler 's List The scene featuring the girl with the red coat in Schindler 's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993) is of the most recognizable scenes in late twentieth century cinema. It is often understood to encapsulate key aspects of the Holocaust, its brutality, and its effects on the lives of the people caught up within it. At the time, the scene deals with the paradoxes of memory, memorial and what may appear to be a sense of personal inability when…

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    A slaveowner controls his slaves against their will, while they are worked tirelessly on end. Throughout time, people have controlled others for personal gain and reward. Power corrupts peoples morality but the truth never pollutes their personal integrity. Both Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg and Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles posses leaders of society who come out favorable due to a lie. A leader’s power is determined by their manipulation of the truth. Manipulation of…

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