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The idea behind legal punishment is the intent to deter people from committing the crime based on the simple fact that they will be punished accordingly to the level of the crime committed However in the case of the death penalty one must assess the situation accordingly Lets say the crime committed is murder which is the only time the death penalty could be justified and in this example there are two different cases being judged The first one is a man that has committed murder out of revenge because his wife was beaten by a man while she was walking home from work The second case of murder is committed out of cold blood simply because the man didnt like the way another man was presenting himself such as a stereotypical homosexual may present themselves In the first case pertaining to revenge I believe the death penalty to be unjustifiable because of the fact that he had a reason to attack the man simply because he attacked his wife Wouldnt a lion attack another lion if his pride had been attacked Whos to say the man didnt attack his wife again the next night and in the next attack his wife possibly be killed in the tussle The man in this instance should not be punished to harshly especially under the death penalty because he was simply protecting his family doing what he must do However in the case of the hate crime I feel the man has lost all natural rights and deserves the death penalty So while I believe the deterrence of the death penalty is justifiable I also believe the situation should also be judged accordingly However to answer your question with a little more depth I do believe it is justifiable because everyone gets mad and does stupid things when they get mad I personally have been so mad that I would kill someone and didnt simply based on the
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