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Ryan Leslie I would first like to address the main issue involved with capital punishment human life The accused possibly guilty possibly not The question is should we butcher all of the accused Are we that sure of our own perfection The issues I would as well like to discuss are that of unequal application discrimination bad legal representation and finally that capital punishment is a government murder Before I move on to the issues already mentioned I would like to provide a little history on capital punishment England for instance at one point had 250 capital crimes from bread snatching to murder Judges knew that their role was to keep order in a society facing food shortages during heir early stages of development to capitalism History shows that governments use capital punishment as means to prevent crime as a means of retribution or revenge Aside from deterence factors and retribution governments see capital punishment as a proportional punishment Life for life The death penalty was seen as both dramatic and symbolic Absolute punishment like capital punishment demands absolute certaintly of equality and fairness in treatment and correct conviction which is impossible No justice system can guarantee equal application of any punishment According to Pheobe Ellesworth and Samuel Gross Arbitrary result which are all too common in death penalty cases frequently stem from inadaquacy of counsel The process of sorting out who is most deserving of societys ultimate punishment does not work when the most fundamental components of the adversary system competent legal representation by counsel is missing Essential guarantees of the Bill of Rights may be disregarded because counsel failed to assert them and juries may be deprived of critical facts needed to make reliable determinations of the guilt or punishment The result is a process that lacks the fairness and intergrity So simply stated this idea is saying that the judiciary system of our
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