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December 12 1984 the first jolt failed to kill Alpha Otis Stephens he struggled for eight minutes before a second jolt finished the job The first jolt took two minutes and then there was a six-minute pause During this six-minute pause body could cool before physicians could examine him and declare that another jolt was needed Stephens took 23 breaths during that six-minute interval Such incidents prove that the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and should be replaced by life in prison The following reasons prove that the death penalty harms rather than helps any quest for a just humane society The Bible requires the death penalty for a wide variety of crimes including sex before marriage adultery and homosexual behavior doing work on Saturday and murderSomehow people became more tolerant they eliminated the death penalty for several sins Sins such as the followingPeople might as well eliminate the death penalty for murder as well In fact according to the Bible an individual who dies without being saved during an execution will go to Hell for eternal punishment By killing the person we are eliminating some individuals chance for salvation Human life has intrinsic value even if a person has murdered another Nobody should ever be killed even by the state Moreover human beings such as the poor males and racial minorities are over-represented among those executed A study of over 2 dozen convicted criminals on death row found that all had been so seriously abused during childhood that they probably all suffered from brain damage To further this subject women convicted of murder are almost never executed For instance in March 1998 Judy Beenano aged 54 in Florida was called the Black Widow for poisoning her husband drowning her son and trying to blow up her fianc She was the first woman to be executed in Florida since 1848 It seems that the death penalty is reserved for men 1986 study in
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