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Three Justices Question Execution of Minors People come into this world everyday not knowing what to expect Criminals know the potential out come of crimes and government sets the standards for punishments The article Three Justices Question Execution of Minors posted by cnncom but I am not sure who wrote it This article is about the controversy between the sides of the question Is capital punishment constitutional especially when it comes to minors The death penalty was used in England and Wales during 1900-1949 We interpreted into our laws as a suitable deterrent for heinous crimes Heinous crimes being murder 1 rape and sexual assault with murder on children Of the 38 States with the death penalty 22 States allow the execution of offenders who committed capital crimes at 17 Of those 22 17 States allow the execution of offenders who committed capital crimes at 16 Mentally retarded persons can not be sentenced to death in any State Toronto Patterson was 17 when he was arrested in connection with slaying a 25-year-old woman and her children ages 6 and 3 Patterson pleaded not guilty and insists that he was innocent After Justices John Paul Stevens Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer issued statements before Patterson at 24 he was put to death in Huntsville Texas by lethal injection A majority of Supreme Court late Wednesday allowed Texas prison officials to proceed People that want the death penalty to come to an end argue that youths may be too immature to understand the gravity of theirs actions Others that oppose are afraid of executing an innocent person Our laws were created to protect the innocent that is why court proceedings take place and sides are heard The majority of Americans are for the death penalty those that oppose it are pretty quiet Americans and Canadians for the death penalty had
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