Capital PunishmentEthical Theory: Capital PunishmentStacy VanOrdenPHI 208: Ethics and Moral ReasoningProf.!!br0ken!!Benjamin RossJuly 1, 2020
Capital PunishmentEthics & Capital PunishmentPart 1: Ethical QuestionIs capital punishment for first-degree murder morally justified?Part 2: IntroductionDetermining whether capital punishment for first-degree murder is morally justified hasalways been an intense debate. “Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the form oflegal punishment that involves putting someone to death as punishment for a capitaloffense (i.e., the worst kind of offense)” (Thames, B., 2018). There have been differentforms of capital punishment throughout the centuries such as stoning, hanging, a firingsquad, the electric chair, and lethal injection. Lethal injection is the most civilized deathpenalty produced which began in 1977. However, the question remains is the deathpenalty morally justified for first-degree murder criminals. This form of punishment canbe morally justified when it comes to specific cases that can be proven with no doubt inone’s mind. Some examples of these murderers include Jack the Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer,Charles Manson, and many more. Not only are these men serial murderers, they showedno remorse for their actions. In instances like these, some argue that it is, in fact, moral toput them to death to pay for the lives they have taken.(Thames, 2018).