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INTRODUCTION The issue of capital punishment involves determining whether the execution of criminals is ever justified and if so under what circumstances it is permissible Philosophical defenses of capital punishment typically draw from more general discussions of punishment The issue of counteractive justice in legal philosophy distinguishes between two principal theories of punishment utilitarian and retributive Accordingly defenses of capital punishment are usually either utilitarian or retributive in nature By contrast most criticisms of capital punishment seek to expose flaws in popular justifications of capital punishment Consequently in the absence of any good reason for executing a criminal the critic of capital punishment concludes that the criminal should be allowed to live wwwaskjeevescomdefinationofcapitalpunishment Literature Review All through history minorities have been ill represented in the criminal justice system particularly in cases where the possible outcome is death In early America blacks were lynched for the slightest violation of informal laws and many of these killings occurred without any type of due process As the judicial system has matured minorities have found better representation but it is not completely unbiased In the past thirty years strict controls have been implemented but the system still have the symptoms of racial bias Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is quoted as say I have yet to see a death penalty case among the dozens coming to Supreme Court on the eve-of-execution stay applications in which the defendant was well represented at trial People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty Speaking at the University of the District of Columbia April 10 2001 So the question arises in today society is there racial discriminationbias when the death penalty is handed down by a jury The Supreme Court in Furman vs Georgia 408 US238 1972 first recognized the racial bias The Supreme Court Justices decide the death penalty was being handed out unfairly and according to Gest 1996 the Supreme Court felt the
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