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Opposing the Death Penalty The death penalty has been a controversial issue in American society for the last twenty years It started back in 1976 during the Furman v Georgia trial This case was about three black men that received the death penalty for the murder or rape of white people It was argued against because two of the men were sentenced to death for rape even though other people had been given much less severe punishments for murder Bender 35 Should it be up to our justice system to decide a persons fate There are many issues that deal with the controversy of capital punishment such as discrimination cruel and unusual punishment unfair trials the possible wrongly accused and the rights of the convicted The largest issue related to the death penalty is the fear of executing an innocent person Nobody has ever been sentenced the death penalty executed then found to be innocent Draper 35 But since 1973 there have been 102 people in 25 states that have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence In many of these cases they were proven innocent because somebody confessed to committing the crime Considering that an extremely small percent of escaped murderers would actually confess to their crime there must be a very large amount of people that have been wrongfully accused and possibly some that have been executed One example of a wrongfully accused person is Anthony Porter He was convicted in 1983 for the murder of 2 people In 1999 two days before his execution a videotape of a man confessing to the murder was discovered He was released of all charges Although he wasnt wrongfully executed 16 years of his life was spent in jail with the fear of death looming over him It is indisputable that people are being wrongfully accused constantly and that it will always be a problem Wrongful execution is the most disturbing
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