The Answerability and Moral Responsibility of Robert Alton Harris Andrew Burant As a new member for the jury of Robert Alton Harris my purpose is to offer a verdict as to whether or not the defendant is guilty. Since the previous trial was breached through a technicality, I must reevaluate the course of the defendant’s past actions in order to see if he could potentially be innocent. In the previous trial many of the jurists believed that Robert Alton Harris was guilty. As a result, they forced the defendant to be sentenced to death because of his cruelty against John Mayeski and Michael Baker. They felt that the defendant chose to murder these boys on his own volition; there were never any external circumstances which coerced him into
John Pinares English IV (Honors) – Period 5 21 September 2010 Mr. Gonzalez Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Rex “For whoever killed Laius might decide to raise his hand against me. So, acting on behalf of Laius, I benefit myself, too” (Sophocles 10). It is intended that Oedipus wants to find the murderer of Laius not only to save Thebes, but incase the murderer decides to kill Oedipus since he is king as he did Laius when he was king. What is unintended is that Oedipus himself is the murderer so he is trying to protect himself from himself, which ultimately fails because he pierces his own eyes. “I shall make a proclamation, speaking as one who has no connection with this affair, nor with the murderer” (Sophocles 14).
the Count of Monte Cristo slowly achieved justice through his own works by bringing Danglars, Fernand, Villefort and Caderousse to ruin but later on learned a valuable lesson that only God can punish the wicked and enjoyed the rest of his life with Haydee. The main goal of the character was to pursue revenge and bring forth vengeance unto everyone who was involved in the false accusation of Edmond’s said disloyalty. He was eager to set things right and for justice to be served. The hindrance of the Count of Monte Cristo in fulfilling his task was the risk of revealing his true identity of being Edmond Dantes. By affirming his true character, he can possibly be arrested again since he was still considered as a criminal to the law at a specific part of the book and not be able to fulfill his purpose.
This makes him appear noble and brave, despite the fact that he was a murderer he is the one who emerges from this event with dignity, ‘You died most horrifyingly like a man.’ We are also made to feel guilty as he as described as ‘white faced’ beneath his hood. Dawe is not trying to exonerate him or make a case that he was wrongfully convicted, indeed by using the phrase ‘-however you lived’, he is implying that Ryan may well have been guilty. The issue is does murder justify state murder, is justice no more than revenge? The trial and execution are described by Dawe as nothing more than a ‘shabby ritual.’ This reinforces my own view on capital punishment. Justice is not revenge.
Colonel Jessep is then convicted of the murder of Santiago, although he never understands his responsibility for the crime committed. Similar to the movie, Milgram’s The Perils of Obedience discusses the same issues of obedience to authority and how far people will go in pleasing their authority figure even if it means ignoring their own beliefs and morals. Milgram observes through a personal experiment that people will go to extreme measures to please
To begin with, Wargrave tries to bring justice to innocent victims, but ends up breaking the law in the process. He chooses to kill the guilty who cannot be touched by the law in order to avenge the lives that were lost due to those people. Justice Wargrave has no right to choose the punishments of individuals at fault, no matter how horrible the crime one has committed. But, he
Furthermore, when Tom Robinson was accused of being guilty even though he was not, and died because of it. Having a preconceived opinion of people can lead to catastrophic consequences. Such as in the cases of Atticus was defending the jail, Scout getting teased and Tom being wrongly accused. The group of men came to kill Tom but Atticus was
I fear for the society’s safety if he is found acquitted. This man has committed crimes that he has well and truly planned out. How are the victims linked to the defendant, and why would the defendant ever think about killing them? Your honour, Roderigo has connived with Iago as well. The victim has been giving Iago money to help him into Desdemona’s favour.
Deterrence is an act or process of discouraging and preventing an action from occurring. When potential killers know that the cost of their murderous action can result in their own death, they are much more hesitant and more likely to reconsider their plans. Murderers are selfish and sick-minded people who have no consideration of others. Isaac Ehrlich puts it perfectly, “ if one execution of a guilty capital murderer deters the murder of one innocent life, the execution is justified.” Therefore, capital punishment should be strictly enforced and legalized.Capital punishment also provides protection to the society. Philosopher Jackues Barzun compares such criminals to wolves.
These questions and many more can spar an argument for or against Capital Punishment. Capital Punishment is an end all end and a justification for those individuals who willfully chose to take another person’s life. There can be the argument that it is immoral to take a person’s life, just because they took someone else’s. Personally, it’s a very striking contradiction for someone who has murdered multiple persons’ to therefore plea for their own lives in the end. In the essay, “The Death Penalty: Is it Ever Justified,” an admitted killer named, Joseph Carl Shaw, in an appeal wrote: ‘Killing was wrong when I did it.