An age-old question has been on people 's mind in america: Should the death penalty be accepted as a sort of discipline or punishment? There are 3,019 people currently on death row. www.deathpenalty.procon.org,) Before the death penalty was removed from all states in the U.S there were 1,394 people executed. On January 17, 1977, the death penalty was suspended in 32 states in this country. Even Bill Cosby spoke out against giving the death penalty to the man who shot and killed his own son.
The story of Ronald Gene Simmons. On the 22nd of December, 1987 the worst mass murder in Arkansas history took place. A man by the name of Ronald Gene Simmons went on a killing spree. He started off by killing his wife, kids, and his three year old granddaughter, but it didn’t stop there. He killed his family and quite a few harmless townspeople because he went insane, because why else would you kill harmless people?
Step into the shoes of Cameron Todd Willingham. He was one of the 59 accused criminals sentenced to death by the United States judicial system in 2004. Thought to have murdered his three children by arson in the family home, Willingham was put on death row on January 8, 1992. However, he was different from the other convicts. Willingham was actually innocent.
As it was a nation worldwide news that was all over tv. People around the country watching was shock of the decision, an debut that caught everybody eyes, that O.J Simpson should’ve been guilty. Because of how the court system work, it let a dangerous man walk out free. During the next morning of the murder, things went out of control, as police interviewed O.J Simpson. As they ask him numerous question about a deep cut on his right hand (Victor).
The case against the men, always weak, fell apart after DNA evidence implicated another man whose possible involvement had been somehow overlooked by the authorities even though he lived only a block from where the victim’s body was found, and he had admitted to committing a similar rape and murder around the same time. The startling shift in fortunes for the men, Henry Lee McCollum, 50, who has spent three decades on death row, and Leon Brown, 46, who was serving a life sentence, provided one of the most dramatic examples yet of the potential harm from false, coerced confessions and of the power of DNA tests to exonerate the innocent. As friends and relatives of the two men wept, a Superior Court judge in Robeson County, Douglas B. Sasser, said he was vacating their convictions
Ray’s fingerprints were found on the rifle used to kill Dr. King, also on a scope and a pair of binoculars. On March 10, 1969, Ray pled guilty to assassinating Dr. King and he was sentenced to ninety nine years in prison. There were no testimonies heard in his trial. It was not long after the trial that Ray recanted his confession; he said that he was the victim of a large conspiracy. Ray did later find sympathy in a place that would not seem likely, the members of King’s family.
Think about how often people get arrested and how often trials are held every year, let alone everyday. Oftentimes, innocent people are accused and charged for a crime that wasn’t there fault. This was the case for Adnan Syed, an innocent guy who was put in jail for a murder case. On January 13, 1999, Hae Min Lee was murdered at the age of 17. The evidence for this case was very unexplainable, but of course, the state went after Hae’s ex-boyfriend Adnan who really had nothing to do with the murder.
After the trial, Bob Ewell swears to Atticus that “he’d get him if it took the rest of his life” (290). He then attempts to murder both Jem and Scout, succeeds in seriously injuring Jem, and then gets murdered himself. All of the three events above would have been avoided if Mayella had been honest during the trial, putting the responsibility on Mayella. Her dishonesty prolonged the aftermath of the trial for much longer than necessary and caused a domino effect of tragic events, none of which were desirable in any way. As shown above, the actions of Mayella Ewell during the trial of Tom Robinson prove that ultimately, she is more villain than
His death is explained when Elizabeth tells Proctor, “He would not answer ay or nay to his indictment; for if he denied the charge they’d hang him surely, and auction out his property. So he stand mute, and died Christian under the law” (Miller 84). Because he didn’t side with society, the court eventually had Giles killed for his belief. A few years ago, an event similar to this occurred down at a college in Oregon. A shooter came to the campus and would ask the people if they believed in God.
He was shot twice in the head by a fellow student, Brandon McInerney. Fortunately, he confessed and carries the sentence of 21 years imprisonment. Larry King, on the other hand, was transported to St. John’s Regional Medical Center where he was declared brain dead on February 13th, but was kept on life support on two days so his organs can be donated. Many celebrities, like Taylor Swift, stood up to this and said: “On the anniversary of Lawrence 's death, we need to remember that he was killed just for being who he was. If we forget, this kind of crime could happen again.