Capital Punishment

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Capital Punishment THE DEATH PENALTY By: Ellie Chernosky and Rebecca Copeland
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GENERAL INFORMATION The death penalty in the United States is used almost exclusively for the crime of murder Only one person is on death row for something other than murder (Patrick Kennedy in Louisiana for child rape) Coke v. Georgia, 1977: forbade death penalty for crime of adult rape 38 states uphold the death penalty Furman v. Georgia, 1972 : Supreme Court struck down death penalty as being a violation of 8th Amendment Gregg v. Georgia, 1976 : reinstated the death penalty
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OPPONENTS VIEW Does not discourage crime Life imprisonment is an effective substitute Violates the criminal’s right to life Ultimate denial of human rights DNA evidence in a number of cases proved the innocence of many convicts on death row A wrongful-executions study by Hugo Bedau and Michael Radelet contends that from 1900 to 1991, 416 clearly innocent people were sentenced to die
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