Capital punishment should not be abolished

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Capital punishment should not be abolished Proponents of the death penalty make arguments centering around the justifications of fairness,  retribution, deterrence, economy, and popularity. 1. The death penalty isn't arbitrary. In  Gregg v. Georgia   (1976), the Supreme Court  ruled that the death penalty isn't cruel and unusual punishment and that a two-part  proceeding — one for determining innocence or guilt and one for determining the sentence  — is constitutional. Any conflicts between eliminating arbitrariness and allowing sentencers  to individualize justice can be resolved, according to Justice Scalia, by dispensing with the  requirement that sentencers consider an array of mitigating circumstances.  2. The death penalty isn't discriminatory. In  McCleskey v. Kemp   (1987), the Court held  that statistical evidence of racial discrimination in death sentencing can't establish a 
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Unformatted text preview: violation of the Eighth or Fourteenth Amendments. To win an appeal under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Court requires an appellant to prove the decision makers in his or her case acted with intent to discriminate. 3. Executions deter would-be criminals from committing crimes. 4. It is cheaper for the government to kill murderers than to keep them in prison for the duration of their lives. 5. The few mistakes that are made in carrying out the death penalty are offset by its crime prevention and economic benefits. 6. Polls show the vast majority of Americans favor the death penalty for murderers. 7. Society has a moral right to punish the most violent criminals by taking their lives. Some violent criminals are vile, wicked persons who deserve to die....
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