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After reading The Death Penalty by William Raspberry several topics surfaced in my mind The death penalty is unjust and very ridiculous sentence for a human being Capital punishment is not as effective as most people believe There are alternative and beneficial solutions in place of the death penalty Why we have the death penalty is very puzzling question to me Personally I believe the death penalty is a hypocritical decision The law states that its wrong to commit murder yet a judge or a jury has the power to put a person to death If murder is against the law then why do the courts feel its necessary to kill a human being Im not saying that what Jack Ronald Jones did was right and he doesnt deserve any punishment Im saying that the punishment is quite foolish I could never buy the concept of The Code of Hammurabi an eye for an eye The death penalty much like suicide is just an easy way of dealing with a problem As I flip the coin and look on the other side I wonder what I would do if someone I knew was murdered in the way Stephanie Ann Roper was One night I happened to come across a very interesting and engaging story on Dateline a news program A young man murdered a womans father in his home Instead of her asking for the killer to be put to death she fought to keep the young man from sitting on death row I was thunderstruck and as I watched I was speechless This woman was in my eyes truly amazing and fully understood how pointless the death penalty really is In the end the killer received life in prison which to me is a very suitable punishment for the crime I hope I would do the same if I were in her shoes The woman obviously thought the death penalty was
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