Troy Davis Death Penalty Ethical Analysis

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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…show more content…
In the case of Troy Davis he was convicted and executed of a crime where there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime and according to the Chicago Tribune,7 out of nine witnesses had changed or recanted their testimony. In addition, statics show that the death penalty does not deter crime the table below shows how the numbers of inmates on death row have grown since 1968. [pic] If the death penalty was a deterrent, the numbers who be decreasing instead of increasing. The death penalty is not a deterrent because most people who commit murders either do not expect to be caught or do not carefully weigh the differences between a possible execution and life in prison before they act. Those who believe that deterrence justifies the execution of certain offenders bear the burden of proving that the death penalty is a deterrent (Steiker & Steiker,…show more content…
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