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Death Penalty 1 The Death Penalty Timothy McVeigh awakes on his final morning before his scheduled execution. He puts on his clothes for the last time as he walks to take his last shower. Afterward, he sits down for his long awaited final meal. As he eats, he thinks his concluding thoughts, the last that will ever run though his brain. He is brought out to execution room, gets strapped in the chair, and with a prick of a needle, he takes his last breathe before it is all over (CNN, 2001). Timothy McVeigh was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995 that resulted in the death of 168 innocent people. Consequently, he received the death penalty, which has been a part of American society since our earliest settlers arrived. There have always been advocates for its use, and opposition to abolish it, but we need to change our American laws and remove it forever (CNN, 2001). Some could argue and say Timothy McVeigh got what he deserved, but imagine being someone who had an unfair trial and were strapped in the chair knowing you did nothing to deserve this. Not everyone who has been sentenced to the death penalty has done such heinous crimes. Timothy is a standout example and not all those in death row have committed such bad crimes. Maybe he deserves to die, but who makes these decisions and is qualified to make that judgment on who shall die and who shall live? In the case Furman vs. Georgia, Furman was burglarizing a home and attempting to flee he tripped and fell. During the fall, the gun he was carrying went off and killed a resident in the home. Furman was convicted of murder and sentenced to death (Oyez, 1972). Furman was put to death as a cruel and unusual punishment. His sentence was an unequal
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Death Penalty 2 application of the death penalty that did not protect his due process and could be considered unconstitutional. Furman vs. Georgia brings to the forefront perhaps the most outstanding problem of the death penalty: where is the line drawn? The severity of crimes is all about opinion. That is to say, there is no line drawn in the sand, which says a crime rated eight point five out of ten or higher should commend the death penalty. This disparity makes it far too difficult to be fair in recommending the death penalty because it would not be possible for our country’s due process to have a concrete regulation regarding severity of crime and the death penalty. There are many things I don’t agree with in today’s society, but out of all the wrongdoings that take place, I believe murder, including the death penalty, is the worst. 1,057 people have been executed in the US from January 1977 to December 2006. Of those, 888 were executed by lethal injection, 153 by electrocution, 11 in the gas chamber, 3 by hanging, and 2 by firing squad. (Procon, 2008) I am strongly against the death penalty because it is cruel and unusual punishment. It discriminates against those without the proper resources because those who can afford a better lawyer have a better chance of
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