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The Case Against Killing This country is determined to prove that killing someone under certain circumstances is acceptable when in all reality there can be no rationalization for the taking of another human life Killing is murder is execution is the death penalty It is as simple as that There have been so many different controversies surrounding this debate that often the issues become clouded in false statistics and slewed arguments The basic fact remains that killing is morally and ethically wrong This fact does not disappear by simply changing the term murder to capital punishment The act is still the taking of a life On these grounds the death penalty should be abolished Proponents of capital punishment believe that killing criminals is a moral and ethical way of punishing them They feel there is justification in taking the life of a certain criminal when in fact that justification is nothing more than revenge They also feel that the death penalty deters crime although there have been no conclusive studies confirming that viewpoint Bedau Most death row inmates are members of minority groups that tend to be poor The fact they are on death row can be explained as a direct result of their marginal economic status These alleged criminals receive legal representation that is not adequate for the serious crimes of which they are accused simply because they cannot afford to pay for expensive defense attorneys The Death Penalty In virtually all cases of indigent defendants underpaid and less experienced Public Defense attorneys are appointed by the court to represent the accused Investigative monies are usually limited or nonexistent This is one reason why minorities are over-represented on death row More affluent white defendants can afford to retain expensive high profile lawyers Private attorneys are better equipped to duel with prosecuting attorneys that are well paid experienced in criminal law and have in many cases unlimited financial
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