Assignment 5 - death penalty - 2. If you were in favor of...

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Assignment 5: a) Read the death penalty debate pieces and imagine that you are preparing for a legislative hearing that will consider a bill to abolish the death penalty in Texas. For your answers, you should also reflect on what you know about the trial process, about juries, and about the causes of wrongful convictions. Include what we discussed after the movie, The Murder of Emmett Till. 1. If you were against the death penalty, what would be the key background facts you think the legislature should know, before deciding the case?
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Unformatted text preview: 2. If you were in favor of the death penalty, what do you think the legislature should know (or, alternatively, how would you respond to the facts you marshaled in the last answer)? b) If the fallback position is not to abolish the death penalty but to improve its administration, what improvements to the criminal process would you suggest? Would you argue for or against a jury in these cases (putting aside constitutional issues)?...
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