2011 states debate speeches

2011 states debate speeches - 1 Mental Impairment NEG...

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1 Mental Impairment – NEG Ladies and gentlemen, think of yourself as someone who is legally insane. First, please take a look at line 1, “. .. ban the mental impairment defense as a mitigating factor. ..” Mental impairment is a very broad term that isn’t actually legally defined. It involves any type of mental problem basically. Unfortunately for the bill, mental retardation falls under this broad spectrum. In Atkins v. Virginia , the Supreme Court banned the execution of mentally retarded, based on the 8th Amendment. A mitigating factor is something that can lessen the sentence of someone, and I’d say that “not getting death” is lessening the sentence. This right here should be the only reason to vote against it. It’s completely unconstitutional. But it really is not the only problem. If the person who wrote this bill is intelligent at all, it’s obvious that the intent of this bill was to ban the insanity defense; he or she just didn’t know the actual wording. But the wording isn’t even the problem with this bill! I frankly don’t even understand why we are debating this bill at all. The insanity defense might seem very prevalent, based on the media attention these sorts of cases get, but the fact is that this just about never happens. Obviously if the legal system had this kind of Get out of Jail Free loophole, the prisons would be empty. Reality actually has a bit of logic though: NPR reported in 2009 that the Insanity Defense is attempted in less than one percent of all legal cases. And in that one percent, only 25 percent actually get acquitted. Then, in that tiny, tiny fraction of cases where the guy "got off" because he convinced the court he was insane, he doesn't get to just go home. You get sent to a mental institution where you don't have a set sentence at all--they keep you as long as they see fit, which may be forever. You're there until "deemed safe to return to society", which according to the American Psychiatric Association is usually twice as long as the jail sentence would have been. Why do we need this bill? What is the point? There is that less than 0.25 percent of people that are deemed insane, but how many people in that demographic actually ARE probably insane, and actually need to go to a psychiatric hospital? These people would not do well in a regular prison, and a psychiatric hospital is the best option for them, and this bill is getting rid of that option. The faulty wording of this bill is completely unconstitutional. But even if, say, we were to amend the bill to fix it, it’d still be pointless, and wrong. So for that, I urge to vote in negation of this bill
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2 Cell Phone Cancer – NEG Radio waves. .. They were discovered in 1865. We’ve used them for different purposes since pretty much the turn of the century. We use them for. .. the radio. We used them for television up until last February. No one claimed that
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