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The Death Penalty Essay

  • Submitted by: chelease
  • on June 5, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 3,150 words

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Analyzing and Making a Decision about an Ethical Dilemma

Ethical 10/29/2011

The Death Penalty - An Ethical Issue:

      This paper will look at the case of Troy Davis a black man who convicted of and executed for the August 19, 1989, murder of a white off duty police officer. This paper will examine how the death penalty in my opinion is morally and ethically wrong. While many inmates admit their wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness, Davis maintained his innocence until his execution. From my research on this topic and case, it is my opinion that Troy Davis was wrongfully convicted and executed. The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony, which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Many of the witness have recanted their stories and many have said that they were forced by police to implicate Davis "I told them over and over, 'I did not see this happen,'" claimed prosecution witness Darrel Collins. "They put what they wanted to put in that statement" (Arts, 2011).Former juror Brenda Forrest clarified in an affidavit presented on Monday morning, "I no longer believe beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Davis was the shooter: I feel emphatically that Mr. Davis cannot be executed under these circumstances"(Arts). Some have stated that one of the remaining two witnesses is the actual killer.
      Capital punishment, the death penalty, or execution is the sentence of death upon a person by the state as a punishment for an offence. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offences. The death penalty remains a source of contentious public debate in the United States. No other democracy in the world uses it, yet public opinion polls in the United States have shown that support for the death penalty has been as high as eighty percent and rarely as low as fifty percent, although for a brief moment in the 1960s it fell below the fiftieth...

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