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Abolition of the Death Penalty 1-AC Version 10 My partner and I stand Resolved that the United States Federal Government should ratify or accede to and implement The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty Observation 1 Definitions In order to facilitate clarity and promote clash we exercise the affirmative right to define by offering the following definitions should is used to express moral obligation taken from Websters New International Dictionary second edition 1961 democracy due process cruel unusual torture abolition Observation 2 Criteria and Resolutional Analysis AIn order for the United States to uphold its democratic ideals to the truest form possible it must follow the basis of our democracy the US Constitution Any law that contradicts what is in the constitution should not be allowed to exist The death penalty is one of those laws Rev Jesse Jackson Legal Lynching Racism Injustice and the Death Penalty 1996 pgs 84 and 85 The US Constitution protects the right of American citizens to their life liberty and property In this it has become the model for other countries wishing to codify human dignity due process and fundamental fairness in their own legal standards The Eighth Amendment in particular the one prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment has been duplicated by new nations around the world Germany and South Africa two nations born from the ashes of brutal and bloody conflicts have ruled in favor of life by banning the death penalty in their constitutions The worldwide trend is toward the abolition of capital punishment We recognize torture as a violation of the Eighth Amendment but not the ultimate torture the threat of death and actual execution Is not death by lethal injection firing squad or electric chair cruel and unusual punishment Is not such punishment just as cruel as stoning or
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