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    Post by arun08 on Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:57 pm

    "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." This is another way for someone to
    say they are supportive of the death penalty. The death penalty, to me, is
    revenge. It kills innocent people every year. Many of the families of
    victims do not want the criminals to be put to death. The death penalty
    costs more than a life sentence in jail. It is also racists.

    "Since 1976, there have been five hundred twenty-three executions in
    the United States, twenty-three in 1999 alone. There was only eleven before
    1984. Then the number rose to twenty-one that year. The number of execution
    stayed around twenty then dropped to eleven in 1988. Then it steadily rose
    from there to seventy-four executions in 1997. That was the highest since
    1976."(Death Penalty Information Center, P.1)

    There are many different methods of execution used by the government.

    The most common is lethal injection used by thirty-four states.

    Electrocution is another method, which is used by ten states. The gas
    chamber is used in five states. There are still two states today that use
    hanging as a method of execution. And two other states use a firing squad.

    The death penalty is also extremely racist. There have been
    significantly more executions of minorities than white Americans. Capital
    punishment also goes against the Constitution of the United States.

    Amendments eight and fourteen state that no cruel and unusual punishment can
    be inflicted, and no state can deprive any person of life liberty or
    property. The death penalty clearly takes these privileges away from
    American citizens.

    "More than 2000 people are on death row today. Virtually all are
    poor, a significant number are mentally retarded or other wise mentally
    disabled. More than forty percent are African American and disproportionate
    numbers are Native American, Latino, and Asian." (American Civil Liberties
    Union) It does not seem fair that only these people are dying. The
    Constitution states that everyone should be given a fair trial. These
    statistics do not prove to me that these people had a fair trial.

    Everybody makes mistakes. If a jury makes a mistake and a person is falsely
    accused of murder when they find out they messed up they want to take the
    sentence away. If the sentence is life in prison, they can tell the person
    they are sorry and they can go free. It does not work that way if they
    sentence a person to death.

    If a jury falsely accuses a person of a crime they did not commit
    with a sentence to death, they can not take it back. It will be too late.

    The person will not be able to get their life back. Every year four innocent
    people are put to death. "Since 1976, seventy people on death row were found
    innocent of the charges they were accused of." (Death Penalty Information

    Although some people feel the death penalty is a good thing, I think it is
    wrong. When someone has committed the crime of murder it creates a great
    loss for the victims family. Does putting the killer to death make the
    family of the victim feel any better? They still have to live with the loss
    of their loved one for the rest of their lives. Taking the life of someone
    else does not redeem the life of the person that was killed.

    In many cases, the families of the victims do not want the murderer to be put
    to death. One case I read about a nine year-old girl was abducted and
    murdered. Her father said, "She was shy, joyous, and happy she would never
    hurt anybody. Hurting someone for her would not really be for her, would not
    honor her, or help us." (Diego Ribadeneira, p.2) What he said is true, it
    does not help the victim or the family to kill the criminal. Her father knew
    she would not want anyone to be hurt for her so the death penalty would not
    help in any way.

    When we put criminals on death row for committing the crime of murder, we are
    stooping to their level. Murderers are not role models. Why should we
    follow what they do and kill them in return? "An eye for an eye makes the
    whole world blind."(Ghandi) If we kill people for killing other people we
    are basically saying murder is a good choice. If the government can say that
    a person deserves to die then why can't an ordinary person do the same?
    Last year in Boston, a fifteen year-old boy was killed in a fight over
    jewelry. The boy, Cerrone Hemingway, was shot in the head and died. A
    family member said, "The notion that your child must die because my child
    died? That does not satisfy. It does not bring peace. It only turns our
    hearts to stone." (Diego Ribadeneira, p.3)

    This family experienced the great loss of having a loved one killed. Yet
    they still do not feel it is right to put the killer to death. If the family
    of the victim does not think the killer deserves to die, who has the right to
    say they should die? The family is the one who is suffering so they should
    have the right to say they do not want to kill anyone.

    Sometimes murderers will kill themselves after committing the crime so they
    will not have to face the consequences of what they have done. That, to me,
    is taking the easy way out. These people would rather be dead, as well as
    the people they killed, then spend the rest of their lives in jail. It is a
    proven fact that the murder rates are lower in states that have done away
    with the death penalty. No one wants to spend his or her life wasting away
    in jail.

    The death penalty is another easy way out. If a person commits a crime as
    horrible as murder they would probably rather die themselves then sit in
    prison for the rest of their lives. They have so much free time to think
    about how they mad the wrong choice. I feel they should have to suffer
    through that in jail not end their lives right away. Life in prison should
    be their punishment not death.

    There is a debate going on now in Massachusetts on whether or not the death
    penalty should be implemented. Cardinal Bernard Law, the leader of the
    Archdiocese of Boston, said, "The teachings of the church are clear, for a
    well-informed Catholic to support capital punishment, it would be morally
    wrong. And if one knowingly rejects the teachings of the church it is wrong,
    morally evil, and a sin." (Boston Globe, Diego Ribadeneira) People who call
    themselves Catholics usually follow the church's rules. If they know it is a
    sin and it will go against their beliefs why would they support the death

    Cardinal Law was talking to Governor Paul Cellucci on this topic. The
    Governor, who is a Catholic himself, strongly supports capital punishment.

    He stated "I'm trying to do what I think is right for Massachusetts. I
    happen to believe putting the death penalty on the books will deter a certain
    amount of horrific violent crime." (Boston Globe, Diego Ribadeneira)
    Through these statements it shows that Governor Cellucci and Cardinal Law
    have two different views of how Catholics should think of the death penalty.

    Looking at it as head of the church in Boston, Cardinal Law feels it is
    morally wrong and it is a sin to have the death penalty. Paul Cellucci,
    being a Catholic and the head politician in Massachusetts, feels it is a good

    The Cardinal feels Cellucci, being a Catholic, should not want to
    have capital punishment in his state. How can he call himself a Catholic
    when the Cardinal flat out told him God is not for the death penalty? A
    person's fait is in the hands of God not a jury.

    "Certainly, in general, the punishment should fit the crime. But in
    civilized society, we reject the, an eye for an eye, principle of literally
    doing to criminals what they do to their victims. The penalty for rape
    cannot be rape, or for arson, the burning down of the arsonists house. We
    should not, therefore, punish the murderer with death. When the government
    meets of vengeance disguised as justice, it becomes complicit with killers
    undervaluing human life." (American Civil Liberties Union)
    In conclusion, capital punishment is morally wrong. It is legal murder. The
    government does not have the right to end a person's life or say when it
    should end. The punishment should fit the crime. That is why criminals
    should spend their lives in jail. Capital punishment should not be
    implemented on Massachusetts.

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    Post by hotspot on Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:30 am

    I don't really like the death penalty, I think it;s just better to torture them in a not crazy way. Like twisting the prisoners ear, or making them eat wasabi ice cream.

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    Post by Vidou on Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:48 am

    death penalty is good punishment for rapists,terrorists and i don't think there is racism in it. If the crime is terrible then i think its a good punishment

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    Post by LOLest on Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:54 am

    I don't really like the death penalty, I think it;s just better to torture them in a not crazy way. Like twisting the prisoners ear, or making them eat wasabi ice cream.

    I think It should be used in the case of Murderers too, But it may hurt more to tourter them first. But thats not The "right" way to do it. So The death penalty can be used in some cases, but jail works best [in my opinion] becaause they spend their days locked up, no contact, not to good food [only bread and water from what I heard] and no one to talk to, or even any freedom what-so-ever.

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    Post by nitisha on Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:48 am

    Oh,that's horrible!

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    Post by pizza on Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:07 am

    At canada there is no death penatly...but i feel it should be removed unless you really deserve it.

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