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Quennishia Dixon November 12, 2015 English 100:01 Dr.DuBose In life we are taught that violence is not the answer and that murder is a sin, whether you are religious or not. So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after. (Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon) The death penalty goes against everything that we are taught in life and everything that our parents teach us. If murdered is illegal than why should the death penalty be any different. I believe that making someone rot away in a cell for the rest of their lives in deplorable prison conditions is far worse than the moment of pain they will feel before descending into death and basically getting off free of charge. God puts us on Earth for a reason and only he can take away our lives, others or ourselves cannot make the decision for him. The United States should abolish the death penalty because the system of implementation has serious flaws such as over taxed expenses, botched executions, and innocence lives in the hands of free will. In 1972 the Supreme Court declared that under then existing laws “the imposition and carrying out the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments” (Furman v. Georgia) The death penalty laws were first used in the Eighteenth century B.C. by a king in Babylon known as the Hammurabi Code. The Hammurabi Code adhered over twenty offenses that caused you to be buried alive, beheaded, hung, or thrown
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to wild animals. America adopted capital punishment from the United Kingdom. Each state adopted a different version of lethal injections. Virginia was the first colonial known to kill a
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