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Capital Punishment is the lawful taking of a persons life after a conviction of crime It has caused much controversy and has raised difficult legal and ethical issues Debates about it continue to wage in both courts and political arenas There is evidence that the death sentence is put to disproportionately use to be carried out on the poor Negro members of unpopular groups of society The Death penalty should be made against the law because it is a punishment that is racist sexist and discriminatory against the poor Racism is the number one argument in the case against the death penalty In 1972 the Supreme Court halted executions in the United States Wolf 3 They did this mainly because they felt that our justice system is fallible and our knowledge and judgment can be influenced and distorted and our moral certainty in neither pure nor absolute It states in the 14th amendment section five that it is unlawful to carry out a sentence of death imposed on the basis of race of the defendant or victim and allows a person to challenge their sentences by using evidence that shows a pattern of racially discriminatory sentencing McCuen 39 This makes it so that no judge or jury can rule out capital punishment based on the race or sex of the defendant or its victim A professor of law David C Baldus conducted a study of his own The Baldus study as we know it indicated that there is a discrepancy that appears to correlate with race McCuen 24 Apparent disparities in sentencing are an inevitable part of our criminal justice system A similar study showed that 90 percent of those executed in 1973 to 1977 for rape were of African American descent Baumgart 74 No white man has ever been
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