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1AC Since our nations founding crime has been punished with the ultimate sanction death More than 13000 people have been legally executed since colonial times and most of these executions have taken place in the southern states QUOTE Now it is because my partner and I agree with this that we stand affirmative on Resolved That the State of Florida should significantly reform the use of the death penalty For clarity of debate we offer the following definitions h Significantly- meaningfully importantly h Reform- make or better especially by concerningcorrecting bad habits All definitions were taken from the Merriam Webster Dictionary By the end of this debate it will be clear that Floridas correctional system is not fulfilling its main goals of 1 Maintaining an effective correctional system 2 Punishing those who commit unforgivable acts and 3 Providing non-discriminatory sentencing We will prove that these principal objectives have not been attained through Contention 1 Floridas use of the current death penalty maintains far too many detrimental effects Let us take for example the case of Jess Taedro and Pedro Medina httpwwwfccstatefl usfccreportsmethodsemdpflahtml OR Let us take for example the case of Stephen McCoy Given the lethal injection as his method of execution Stephen was forced to slowly choke and heave for several minutes before dying because the dosage of lethal drugs was too weak Another example in Texas a blundered execution occurred because the tube attached to the needle in the persons arm leaked and sprayed noxious chemicals toward witnesses Similar botches are found in the other methods of execution including the wrong length of rope used in hanging bad aim by the firing squad and gases mixing and escaping inside gas chambers What is the purpose of these anecdotes It is to prove that the current death penalty not only has flukes in which the objection is sometimes not achieved but it also creates further
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