Hammurabi's Code Of Law Essay

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Colesha C. World History Unit 1 Lesson 5 assignment July 6, 2011 Hammurabi's Code of laws Essay: Hammurabi's code of laws are the codified laws of ancient Mesopotamia that were set by the Babylonian king, Hammurabi. Hammurabi's army was very powerful and he was soon able to take over the Akkadians and the Sumerians. Hammurabi was know for many things, like repairing roads for the trades with China and India and making major improvements in the religion. Although the most important thing he is remembered for is his set of written laws. These laws were not the least bit fair, but none of Hammurabi's laws could be changed unless the people were told. Law number 3 is, “If anyone brings an accusation of any crime before the elders, and does not prove what he has charged, he shall, if it be a capital offense charged, be put to death.” To me this means, If someone is brought in front of a judge charged of a crime it is up to that person to prove his innocence or he will be put to death, if the crime is a murder offense or capital crime. I think that this law is a good law. I think this because If you are innocent, you should be able to prove it, but then again, you might not be able to prove it and then you will be killed for no reason. I don't think this law is very fair. I think that this law couldn't be used today because we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Which means, you are innocent no matter what, until they find proven facts or evidence stating that you in fact, guilty. So you wont be killed if you cant prove your self to be innocent, unless they can prove that you are guilty. Law number 4 is, “If he satisfies the elders to impose a fine of grain or money, he shall, if it be a capital offense charged, to put to death.” To me this means, If he can prove to the elders that his crime should only be punished by a fine, he will get fine

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