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The Death Penalty Capital punishment is defined as the penalty of death for thecommission of crime The death sentence has been applied since ancienttimes as punishment for crimes ranging from petty theft to murder In1976 US states began creating a two jury procedure that would legallyallow imposing the sentence of death The states did so in response tothe 1972 Furman vs Georgia Supreme court decision which ruled thatdeath penalty statutes were too vague and thus unconstitutional andillegal The two jury system reserved for capital punishment casesrelies on jurors to decide on innocence or guilt Another jury decideswhether or not to impose the death penalty The vote must beunanimously recommended for the death sentence to be imposed Jurorsacting in societies best interest have sent a clear message Those whoare compelled to commit a heinous premeditated murder must be ready toaccept the consequence prescribed by law death Nearly 3 of 4Americans support the death sentence as a form of punishment The sacredness of life has been taught for centuries One canfind it s teachings throughout western history This reverence for lifeis often cited to oppose the death penalty Those who base theiropposition to the death penalty on moral grounds argue that life issacred and killing is always wrong whether it is done by an individualor by the state Honeyman 3 It is safe to say that most of us wouldagree that our lives are precious and even sacred Most of us alsoagree that killing is wrong But not to punish a criminal that takesthe life of another with the same punishment that being death is notfair to the victim Miller says To punish a murderer by incarceratinghim as one does a pickpocket cannot but cheapen human life Murderdiffers in quality from other crimes and deserves therefore apunishment that differs in quality from other punishments 87 Bynot giving criminals the proper quality of punishment we send the wrongmessage to our society To
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