Charles Laverne Singleton

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Charles Laverne Singleton: Too Insane to Execute Jessica Bultema Chamberlain College of Nursing/DeVry PHL 447: Logic & Critical Thinking Prof. Truitt May 18, 2014 Charles Laverne Singleton: Too Insane to Execute The 8th Circuit Court of appeals ruled that they could forcefully administer antipsychotic medication to Charles Laverne Singleton in order to allow him to be sane enough to execute. After being imprisoned for his crimes, during his incarceration he became insane. In order to fulfill his death sentence, it was ordered that he could be placed on antipsychotic medication to treat his condition. The reasoning behind this seems logical, but there are opposing views that can also be understood. Now having been made aware of this event, the arguments included in the passage and their subsequent validity will be discussed. Opposing positions will also be discussed as well as their applicable objections. There are arguments that are made in this passage. In sequential order, the first is “Singleton was to be executed for felony capital murder but became insane while in prison“. This argument can be broken down into a premise and a conclusion. The premise is ‘for felony capital murder’ and the conclusion to this premise is ‘Singleton was to be executed’. There is an additional premise ‘became insane while in prison’. This premise has the same conclusion ‘Singleton was to be executed’. In this case, we should be aware of the past tense verb ‘was’. Because Singleton became insane while in prison for felony capital murder, his death sentence became uncertain. Although it seems obvious there is an unstated premise and that is that his death sentence became uncertain. The validity of this argument is demonstrated by a deductive sequence. The argument is valid because the premise and conclusion are both true. The second argument is made by

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