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Running head: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 1 Capital Punishment CRT 205
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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 2 Capital Punishment The death penalty, also known as capital punishment, is the lawful imposition of death as punishment for a crime. I believe that if a person commits a capital offense, such as murder or treason, he or she should be punished by death. Among the 50 states, the death penalty is abolished in 13 states and 5 more states have not carried out any recent executions (News Batch, 2009). If a person chooses to take someone’s life, then his or her life should be taken as well. In April 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that lethal injection was not unconstitutional; it is the “method of execution believed to be the most humane available,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “If administered as intended, that procedure will result in a painless death.” The decision put an end to a de facto six-month moratorium on death by lethal injection, but some states have yet to
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