For example, 13 year old Jordan Brown of Pennsylvania was being tried on the murder of his father pregnant fiancé back in 2009. “Amnesty International has urged US authorities in Pennsylvania not to try Jordan in an adult court, as doing so could result in a violation of international law. If tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder, he would face life imprisonment without parole” ("AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL"). It is only right to sentence Jordan to life in prison because of his actions. He did not only kill his father’s pregnant fiancé, he also murdered their unborn child.
However, the death penalty may kill innocent people who are wrongly sentenced to a crime they did not commit. Since the reinstatement of the death penalty in the United States in 1976, 138 innocent men and women have been released from death row, including some who were within minutes of being executed. In some states, such as Texas, Missouri, and Virginia, investigations have been opened to determine if they had killed innocent men and women. One of the most frequent causes of reversals in death penalty cases is that poor defense lawyers are provided. A study at Columbia University found that 68% of all death penalty cases were reversed on appeal, with an inadequate defense as one of the main reasons for reversal.
The death penalty is killing innocent people, violating the constitution, and using a lot of money. There has been many cases were innocent people have been killed. For example there was a case in 1982 that involved a man named Leonel Torres Herrera. He was convicted of killing two Texan police officers and was put on the death penalty. Eight years later Herrera’s brother confessed about the killing.
The ‘but for’ test can be seen in operation in the case of Pagett (1983) where a defendant who used his pregnant girlfriend as a ‘human shield’ whilst firing at the police was found guilty of murder when the police returned fire killing the woman. ‘But for’ the defendant’s actions she would not have died. The opposite situation was seen in White (1910) where a defendant put cyanide in his mother’s drink but she dies of a heart attack before she had a chance to drink it. The defendant here was not the factual cause of her death though he was guilty of attempted murder. This can be applied to Dipak’s situation and it is likely that because Sarev is critically injured in any case in the crash, Dipak would be the factual cause of Sarev’s death.
In 1991, Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer Mark Allen Macphail in Savannah, Georgia. The case against Troy Davis primarily based on only witness testimony without any DNA evidence. Since his 1991 trial, seven of key nine witnesses even changed their testimonies; some claiming police forced them to. However, after years of appeal did not prove his innocent, Troy Davis was finally executed in September 2011 with he still claiming himself innocent. On the same day, Iran publicly hanged a 17-year old boy, name Alireza Molla-Soltani had convicted of killing a popular athlete despite international prohibitions against executing juveniles.
Crime is one of the most socially costly potential outcomes for maltreatment. The link between child maltreatment and crime is all over the news. According to a CNN report, the Washington D.C. sniper, John Muhammad, “was regularly and severely beaten as a child by several relatives, including an uncle who beat another child to death...” (Malvo, 2004). As a child, the "Boston Strangler," Albert DeSalvo, was actually sold off as a slave by his alcoholic father (Scott, 2011). There have been a few studies done to link the effects of childhood maltreatment to crime with a result of little hard evidence.
The story starts with a 10 years girl who named Tonya Hailey and she has been raped by two young white boys. Then, these two men took out her chance to bear baby. Therefore, the nightmare begins, Carly Lee Hailey who is Tonya’s father shoot these two young boys before the trial. Then, Carl Lee Hailey was arrested then he may face the death penalty. Therefore, Jake Brigantz saw this situation and decided to be Carl’s attorney.
Honor killing is a culture specific act that is defined by exicuting an individual based on the belief that they have brough shame upon their family. An example of acts that are deemed to bring shame are being a victim of rape, dressing in a way that is seen as inapropriate, or refusing to enter an arranged marrige. For example in this story according to (CNN) Gulnaz, a 19 year old girl in afghanistan got raped by her cousins husband. Gulnaz tried to keep it from her family for as long as she could until she became pregnant. After her family found out, she was sent to jail.
The one thing both these laws have in common is that they both try to control the behavior by imposing sanctions on those who violate the law. In the case of O.J Simpson, he was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nichole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, and found liable for the wrongful deaths of Nichole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Under the criminal law, O.J Simpson pleaded 100 % not guilty for these two counts of first degree murder. During all the criminal proceedings there was plenty of evidence that pointed the finger to Simpson. In the end Simpson was acquitted for the murders of Nichole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
The Criminal Justice System locks up innocent people and yet innocent people are still getting killed. Eyewitness misidentification has proven to be the leading cause for wrongful convictions, according to The Innocence Project. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992, for the purpose of assisting prisoners to be proven innocent through DNA evidence. To date, 300 people in the United States have been exonerated through DNA testing. The Innocence Project's attorneys and Cardozo clinic students have assisted in the majority of these cases.