Death Penalty Essay

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The article, “The Death Penalty,” by David Bruck was written in 1985 and first appeared in the New Republic. The author reflects his opinion about the death penalty and expresses his beliefs as to why he is against it. Bruck supports his belief against the death penalty by facts of wrongfully accused prisoners in some court proceedings and the underlying question as to how many other cases this could apply to. He also discusses how the American public feels a sense of ease and justice when prisoners are put to death by electric chair regardless to the fact that the punishment may not suite the crime. He shares the court case of Ernest Knighton who robbed a gas station and killed the owner during the process. The importance of this particular case was that Knighton was put to death for a crime that so many just as guilty were sentenced time in jail. He goes further by expressing the public’s view as reckless in regard to those whom support capital punishment by stating, “So what if the death penalty doesn’t work? At least we got one or two of those sons of bitches.” Bruck feels strongly that supporters of the death penalty are confusing justice for destructive rage in the sense that we, (the general public), feel that murder appears unimportant until the murderer is condemned to the ultimate punishment; death. He concludes that supporters of the death penalty such as Gov. Blease and other state supreme courts will have to learn a true scrutiny for justice, does not require the death penalty. Author David Bruck has valid points in his article but I have to disagree with Bruck and support capital punishment. The following are a few reasons I side for and not against: I believe in recidivism and the fact that unfortunately some citizens have no regard or value for life as they should. With that said, I feel that the death penalty

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