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  • Death Sentence - 624 words
    Almost 90 percent of all convicted killers who are released, kill again. I think that all states should have a mandatory death sentence for certain crimes. It was accepted in the past, but recently certain states have decided against it. The death penalty was widely accepted throughout the early United States, but not everyone approved of it. As time went on, opposition to the death penalty grew. By the mid-nineteenth century a few states had abolished the practice altogether. Soon other states began to think the same way. These states decided that they would send a capital offender to life imprisonment rather than to death. They thought of executions, as barbaric and said law should forbid ...
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  • Alcohol - 516 words
    ...A CAPITAL OR OTHERWISE INFAMOUS CRIME... ... NOR BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE ... WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW... THE DEATH PENALTY UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION BY PROTECTING THE PUBLIC AND RIDDING THE COUNTRY OF OFFENDERS WITH DUE PROCESS OF LAW. From 1882 through 1951 there were 4,730 recorded lynchings by vigilantes in the U.S, with many of them being highly public affairs. Even when miscreants were afforded a trial and executed in accordance with law, such events were often local in nature. For example, while states such as New York electrocuted condemned prisoners at Sing Sings electric chair as early as the late 19th century, in states such as Missouri hangings were conducted at local county jails ...
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  • None Provided - 740 words
    Capital punishment-the death sentence-has a long and controversial history. Throughout centuries, countries have been using capital punishment as a way of dealing with criminals whose crimes were so outrageous, only death was a way of proving justice was served. Due to the fact that the death penalty can and has been inflicted on innocent people, evidence that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent, and that capital punishment is discriminative proves to me that there are changes that must be made in our legal system. I do believe capital punishment is necessary but we must take certain precautions Just a few days ago was watching 60 Minutes and there was a man on death row since 19 ...
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  • Hawthornes Portrayals - 899 words
    In the opening chapters of The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne provides a detailed description of Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth and Arthur Dimmesdale. The reader is able to look into the souls of these characters and learn of their deepest feelings. Along with this Hawthorne uses the townspeoples reactions to show how the characters are portrayed amongst them. Every person has their good qualities and their poor qualities. The representation of these characters is neither all upright nor all immoral, for everyone has their faults. Hester Prynne was a woman who committed adultery. In Puritan times adultery was not tolerated. It was often a crime punishable by death. Hester was a different stor ...
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  • Sanctioned Murder - 1,055 words
    Old Sparky and Gruesome Gertie (affectionate names for the electric chair) have taken the lives of many, even the innocent (Finnerty 18). They are prejudiced and lack compassion. However, many Americans believe that they represent justice. Capital punishment does not represent justice, but vengeance and hate. Among the 7,000 people estimated to have been killed in the United States between 1900 and 1985, at least 23 were innocent (Finnerty 18). In at least 8 of 261 executions performed since 1976, something went wrong; for example, the executioner couldn't find a good vein, or the first jolt of electricity failed to do the trick (Finnerty 18). An innocent person, let alone 23 that were wrong ...
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  • The Analysis Of Ode To The West Wind - 644 words
    Mr. Jackson, seeing as you have been found guilty of murder in the first degree by the citizens of the Great Republic Of Texas, I have no choice but to sentence you to death by means of lethal injection, to be administered by a state-appointed prison medical technician within 90 days' time. But I'll have you know, Mr. Jackson, that as harsh as this punishment may seem, trust me when I tell you that it hurts the state of Texas much more than it hurts you. I must say, I can hardly believe the lack of gratitude you have shown the State of Texas, especially after it worked its fingers to the bone to give you every possible advantage in life. We put you through 12 years of school. We gave you roa ...
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  • Capital Punishment - 1,319 words
    It is usually called, simply, the chair and at one time, was in constant use at New Yorks legendary Sing Sing Prison. But, no executions have occurred in New York since 1963, a time when support for capital punishment was eroding across the country. The states capital punishment statute was declared unconstitutional in 1977. In this year, and in each of the following 17 years, Democratic governors vetoed legislation to restore the death penalty. Yet, in 1994, with the coming of republican Governor George Pataki, an agreement was quickly reached with legislative leaders on a law to revive the death penalty for several categories of murder which included about ten types of homicides. The signi ...
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  • A Civil War - 1,358 words
    ... e. With President Kabbah back at the head of government, many people faced criminal charges of collaborating with the coup. A former government minister and nine others were sentenced to death for collaborating with the bloody 1997 coup. The sentences pronounced in the High Court by Judge Bankole Rashid brought to 27 the number of civilians condemned to death by hanging in connection with the May 1997 coup and its aftermath. (9, p.1) Veteran politician Nancy Steele, 75, and two other women were among the 11 sentenced on Wednesday. Twenty-four soldiers were executed in public by firing squad after conviction by a court martial. Even with President Kabbah back in power, the violence and bl ...
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  • Capital Punishment - 1,870 words
    Capital Punishment has been an issue of arguments for centuries. This topic was even of more importance during the 1700's than the present, because the quantities of punished people were significantly larger than now. In that time it was easy for an individual to loose his life for a small crime. In this research paper we will examine the views of two different types of people on this subject. The first person is a reverend from 18th century London, and the other is an American doctor from the same period. In the arguments of both gentlemen we can find similarities that lead us to understand the sentiment toward the issue during the 17th century. Revered E. Gillepsy begins his sermon with th ...
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  • Capital Punishment - 1,535 words
    This page aims to discuss capital punishment as rationally as possible. I propose to present information which may help people make up their minds about whether or not capital punishment keeps them safe, makes economic sense, or provides a satisfactory "closure" for the victims of homicide. How, if at all, this information affects your response, either emotional or political, to capital punishment remains entirely up to you. The questions of fact concerning capital punishment fall into three general areas: does capital punishment , freeing social resources for better purposes than warehousing and feeding murders, or does it actually cost more, consuming resources that could go into preventin ...
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  • Bettelheim - 1,005 words
    In Bruno Bettelheims essay, The Uses of Enchantment, he explains the fairy tale of Snow White in a way which makes the reader think critically. He makes the reader explore their mind to better understand a tale in a way, which they have not explored. This essay begins with Bettelheim talking about Narcissus, who was a Greek god who loved only himself, so much that he became swallowed up by his self-love. (Bettelheim p202) With this statement Bettelheim begins to explain his reasoning with his Freudian or oedipal perspective with this story. He explains this using Snow White and the wicked stepmother. The wicked stepmother becomes jealous when Snow White begins her transcend into a women. Sno ...
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  • Bigger - 661 words
    My name is Jack Meloch and I'm a friend of Mr. Max. I've come in contact with Mr. Max's client, Bigger Thomas, and I saw his case. From the stories of Mr. Max I don't think that it's fair to Bigger to get the death sentence. It is obviously society's fault that he did what he did. I truly don't think that Bigger is a bad guy; he's not a nice guy either. He's just a normal black person, who lives in poverty because, among other things, the white man (Mary's father) over-charges him on the rent. As I read in Mr. Max's papers, Bigger mentions killing the girl because he was afraid that her blind mother would find him, and, at the time drunk Mary in one room. He was forced to do what he did beca ...
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  • Pro Death Penalty - 1,534 words
    The practice of putting certain convicted felons to death is a precedent that dates far back to early civilization. Unfortunately, it has become a very controversial issue in the United States over the last century. The death penalty was put into place for a number of reasons, but the biggest being the deterrent effect of capital punishment. Some would say that the death penalty does not deter murder. In 1985, economist Stephen K. Layson at the University of North Carolina published a study that showed that every execution of a murderer deters, on average, 18 murders. The study also showed that raising the number of death sentences by one percent would prevent 105 murders. However, only 38 p ...
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  • The Prince - 829 words
    In The Prince, Machiavelli discusses the importance of portraying virtues, but not necessarily practicing them. The English dictionary defines virtue as an act of moral goodness. On the contrary, the text defines it as a kind of personal strength and spirit that gives a Prince the power and faith to carry out his mission. The capturing and retaining of a principality are the main focus of the author. He warns of certain virtues that are often praised but ultimately lead to the destruction of a Prince. Machiavelli believes that a virtue is the ability to gain an advantage through certain situations by the use of personal powers. In his remarks on the Princes who gained their states by virtue, ...
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  • Views Of The Death Penalty - 852 words
    Capital Punishment has been part of the criminal justice system since the earliest of times. The Babylonian Hammurabi Code (ca. 1700 BC) decreed death sentences for crimes as minor as the fraudulent sale of beer. Egyptians could be put to death for disclosing the location of sacred burial sites (2.). In this country, although laws governing the application of the death penalty have undergone many changes since biblical times, the punishment endures and controversy has never been greater. However, in recent times opponents have shown the death penalty to be racist, irrational, in violation of the United States Constitution as cruel and unusual punishment, and economically unsound. Capital pun ...
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  • Justice Not Death - 1,373 words
    I, Judge Brady, am sentencing Paula Pretty to a life in prison with no possibility of parole for the murder of a 16 year old female. My decision to oppose the death penalty is based on moral, practical, as well as constitutional grounds. I realize that many of my voters do not support me in my decision, however, I cannot go against my strong belief of a persons right to life. My job as a judge is to uphold the constitution and judge the actions of the accused, not the accused. I am a judge, not God, and I have not been granted the authority to judge a human The death penalty is immoral and places the state in the role of God, and it has no authority to take upon this role. "The author of the ...
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  • Cystic Fibrosis - 1,873 words
    I am the doctor for your hospital and have prepared the following paper for you to look at and possibly use. It includes information on what cystic fibrosis really is, what treatments there are, what you two can do for your child, and how it is inherited. I hope this document is useful to you in your incoming struggle against this horrible disease. It is good to know that you are not alone. Every day four children in the United States are diagnosed as having cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is the most common inherited disease among Caucasian. Approximately one out of every two thousand Caucasian babies is born with it. I am sorry that this news has to be bad, but it is important that you ha ...
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  • Aids And Hiv - 1,657 words
    Thesis: The AIDS and HIV viruses are getting worse in the United States and the rest of the world. Although more people die of heart disease and cancer each year, AIDS has become the health problem people fear the most. Much of the fear comes from ignorance and misunderstanding. Education is the most effective tool against AIDS. It is more important than ever for young people to learn the facts about AIDS. Many teenagers don't know anyone who has AIDS. It is hard for them to believe they are at risk. It is a fact that the incidence of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases is on a rapid rise among teens and people in their early twenties (Silverstein). People frequently ask the questio ...
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  • Capital Punishment - 1,092 words
    Several of the reasons put forward for capital punishment have to do with the protection of society. Certain criminals must die, the defenders of the death penalty argue, so the rest of us can be safe or, at least, safer. How do the deaths of some criminals protect the rest of us? In several ways, according to the death penalty's proponents. On one level, the execution of dangerous criminals can be seen as a simple matter of self-defense, because, at the very least, death stops executed criminals from ever repeating their crimes. Death penalty is a fair punishment for murder, because vicious criminals are like rabid animals that must be destroyed. There is no way to cure them of their diseas ...
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  • Death Penalty Debate - 604 words
    Should the death penalty be nationwide? Thirty-eight states have the death penalty. There are 7-10 types of homicides that are punishable by death.. No one under 18 can be given the death penalty. Lethal injection is the most common form of execution. It is used in 32 states. Other forms of execution include electrocution, firing squad, gas chamber, and hanging. Three-thousand-five-hundred people are currently on death row awaiting execution. The death penalty should be eliminated completely. It is not fair to kill potentially innocent people because they had a poor or inexperienced lawyer. The death penalty is to expensive and it does not deter crime. It is these three main reasons that I f ...
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