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Unformatted text preview: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 1 Capital Punishment Jaclyn Russo CRT/205 18:00:49 Juan Salazar CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 2 I believe that the U. S. should continue to use capital punishment. Capital Punishment, or the death penalty, is the government’s response to a crime committed by a legally prosecuted and convicted person according to that states’ laws. Some people would argue that we do not have the right to take a life, thus preventing a murderer from ever killing again. They say that the death penalty constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment”. In the St. Petersburg Times article, Angel Diaz took more than twice the normal amount of time to die, and appeared to some witnesses to suffer during the process. While in the case of Jimmy Lee Gray (1983) in Mississippi, his lawyers argued that death by asphyxiation by cyanide gas induces heart attack in its victims constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The federal court ruled that ‘pain and terror’ was an expected part of capital punishment and thus not sufficient to be deemed as cruel and...
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This note was uploaded on 08/05/2011 for the course CRT 205 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.
- Spring '09