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Capital Punishment- In the past people have invariably felt that if they had been wronged in some way it was his or her right to take vengeance on the person that had wronged them This mentality still exists even today but in a lesser form because the law has now outlined a persons rights and developed punishments that conform to those rights yet allow for the retribution for their crime However some feel that those laws and punishments are too lax and criminals of today take advantage of them ie organized crime knowing very well that the punishments for their crime whether it be murder theft or any other number of criminal activities will be so negligible that it may be well worth their risk Although in the past the number of crimes that were subjected to capital punishment defined simply as the death penalty for a crime were outrageous Amendments were made to reflect the changes in the societys views on the morality of capital punishment That resulted in the narrowing down of the list of one hundred crimes to twelve punishable by the death penalty in 1833 and in 1869 it was cut down yet again to just three treason rape and murder because of violent nature of these crimes These crimes even today are still viewed as violent and should be punished with the highest degree of discipline available to achieve justice After much public pressure capital punishment was suspended on a trial run in 1967 This proved to be ineffective because even though the law stipulated that crimes such as treason or the murder of law enforcement agents were still to be subjected to the death penalty the federal cabinet continued to commute those criminals from death to life sentences hence the law was not being followed and justice was not being served This soon was followed with capital punishments abolishment in 1976
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