The Death Penalty: Weems Vs. United States

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The Death Penalty By: Belinda Jackson National American University Abstract The death penalty also known as capital punishment is the oldest form of punishment all over the world. The crimes committed and methods of execution used have evolved through the ages. In the 1600’s the English colonists came to America and brought the death penalty with them. The first execution in America was in 1608, a man was executed for being a spy for Spain. Executions took place in public and big crowds would watch the criminal be put to death, until laws were passed banning public executions. The methods of execution were often brutal criminals were beheaded, hanged, or burned at the stake often for crimes such as adultery, stealing, or…show more content…
United States, 1910) The death penalty has been around for centuries. Currently only 38 states allow the death penalty as a lawful punishment. The death penalty should be a lawful punishment for every state in America. There are many arguments involving the death penalty. Opponents argue against it saying it is inhumane, racially biased, and that it does not deter crime. This paper will argue support of the death penalty. The death penalty is a justified and unbiased punishment for murderers proven guilty of taking another innocent life and is a deterrent for murderous…show more content…
It is the law. Statistics show that it is justified and unbiased when all laws are followed. There is also higher deterrent result than no deterrence at all. Arguments to abolish the death penalty will continue just as arguments to keep the death penalty in place will continue. The fact remains the same someone has lost their life so the person responsible needs to be punished and the punishment should fit the crime. Our society should not abolish the death penalty simply because of rocky statistics. Americans have to keep the death penalty in place because it isn’t worth finding out if all the statistics are correct or incorrect. Please help fight to keep the death penalty a lawful punishment in the United States and bring it back to every state. It’s the only way to keep people from committing these horrible acts against innocent human beings. References * Goldman, R.(2002). Capital Punishment. Washington, DC. CQ Press. * Guernsey, J.B., (2010). Death Penalty: Fair Solution or Moral Failure. MPLS, MN. Twenty- First Century Books. * Van Den Haag, E. (PhD) (1983, Oct.17). For the Death Penalty. NY, NY. New York Times. * Van Den Haag, E. (PhD) (1986). The Ultimate Punishment: A Defense. PBS Frontline retrieved from * Walker, I. (2008). The Death Penalty. Edina, MN. ABDO

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