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Justifiable Homicide at the Hands of the State Several problems exist in society today and we are doing everything we could tocorrect these complications and to possibly diminish them Some are as minor as trafficviolations and some are as serious as deaths Many innocent lives are being taken due tothe careless and unforgivable acts of a few people Something has to be done to stop thisfrom happening In other words we as society need to play our part in preventing thesenightmares and tragedies from taking place This is where capital punishment whichWebsters School and Office Dictionary defines as punishment by death for a crime thedeath penalty can play a crucial role p 125 The death penalty is a form of punishmentthat when applied in the correct context is morally and ethically justified by thephilosophies that shape our society If capital punishment was legalized in all fifty statesand was carried out more frequently our countrys problems would significantly decrease Family and friends of the victim would feel better knowing that the punishment of thecriminal would fit the crime and less innocent lives would be taken as well Roark 58 We are not the first civilization to invoke the death penalty Both Biblically andhistorically the death penalty was found to be an effective method to end the criminal actsof convicted offenders For instance in ancient Israel it was socially acceptable to throwstones at an adulterous woman until she died from the injuries New Oxford AnnotatedBible 563-OT In the colonial periods of our great nation and even in more moderncircumstances worldwide treason is a crime punishable by death In recent times the culture of the United States has become more humane in itsmethods of execution No longer will crowds of townspeople gather at the square towitness the hanging of thieves and murderers Instead the United States has opted to doaway with any punishment viewed by the citizens and by the Supreme Court as violatingthe Eighth
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