Repealing Cruel and Unusual Punishment Essay

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Repealing Cruel and Unusual Punishment California voters must pass Proposition 34. California’s capital punishment system is not only a direct violation of the eight amendment to the United States Constitution which states “excessive bail shall not be required , nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted,“ but also a clear violation of the California State Constitution which states in Article 1 Declaration of Rights section 17 that “cruel or unusual punishment may not be inflicted.“ In addition to the blatant disregard to Federal and State constitutions , the price for such has gotten absurdly out of hand. Unfortunately, California taxpayers and victims ‘ families are the ones footing the bill. California has circled the death penalty issue for more than 130 years, and we will face this issue yet again on November 6, 2012. In 1778, the first public execution held in the state of California was carried out by hanging. No financial obligations were imposed on the government or the citizens. 65 years later in 1937, Major Delos Turner, an Army doctor, designed the first “gas chamber” which cost the state $3,570 for the chamber, and $1.80 for the cyanide pellets. Between 1938 -1962 the gas chamber claimed four lives. Ten years later, in the landmark case of California v Anderson, the Supreme Court of California upheld its constitution, and outlawed the death penalty, and held that “the use of capital punishment in the state of California was deemed unconstitutional because it was considered cruel and unusual.“ How is it that California chooses when to uphold the constitution, and when to completely ignore it? That same year, in the landmark case of Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court held, “ The arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty violates the eight and fourteenth amendments, and

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