In the cases of ‘Coker V. Georgia’ and ‘Kennedy V. Louisiana’ a very important question was brought up; does the death penalty constitute for cruel and unusual punishment in regards to the rape of an adult woman or child? Most people can attest to rape being one of the most egregious criminal acts, but how do we keep a fair punishment, and not lose sight of the reasoning in our eighth amendment in such cases? Case Information In the case of Coker V. Georgia, a man by the name of Ehrlich Coker, who was already imprisoned for multiple cases of rape among many other offenses, escaped prison and raped again along with several other unsavory acts. He was sentenced to death for his post-escape rape.
The FBI collection of articles of Famous Cases & Criminals prominently portrays the mass murder mayhem of Timothy McVeigh 's efforts to topple the government, thus making headline news in many area news articles around the world. Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death because he took many lives, performed a terrorist bombing on a government building in Oklahoma City, and received fifteen counts of murder, and as Exodus 21:24 states, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” This is a concept on which capital punishment is based. Personally speaking, every person should have a chance to make up for their mistakes, ensuring that their soul may go through some healing.
In the the Supreme Court case Gregg Vs. Georgia, Justice Stewart concluded that “We now hold that the punishment of death does not invariably violate the Constitution.” (GREGG v. GEORGIA, 1976), answering the question of whether or not capital punishment is ever unconstitutional. Some may argue that Stewart is saying that the death penalty is sometimes considered constitutional, however, it is important to note that if we as Americans don’t enforce the constitutional rights of human beings at all times, the foundation of our nation will slowly begin to lose its strength. If in any way something can be declared as unconstitutional, then from there on out it will never fall into the realm of being constitutional.
The reason people wanted the death penalty to be deemed unconstitutional was because the way it was being carried out. Under the eighth amendment, it forbids cruel and unusual punishment. The way the death penalty was acting against the eighth amendment was that the death penalty at the time did not have the guidelines that the death penalty has today. The death penalty was being used in an excessive manner. In the Furman v. Georgia case of 1972, Justices were not happy with the death penalty and wanted it abolished in the United States of America.
The sentencing for crimes has changed from its origins of early Greece and Rome, where the most common punishment was banishment or exile. Shifts on what was viewed as maintaining public order had a deep impact on punishments. From banishment or exile to public execution, the advancement in sentencing throughout history has developed into today’s sentencing process for those found guilty in the United States. The goal of our modern sentencing model is to deter future crime, to incapacitate dangerous criminals, to punish offenders fairly and justly, to rehabilitate and treat those who need it, and to seek equity for victims and their families. There are a variety of sentencing structures that are used in the United States.
Many that live deserve death, some that die deserve life"-J.R.R Tolkein Capital Punishment is the legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime. Life without parole is a cruel and unusual punishment. The criminals dont get to go home to their families or children if they have any. Killing them would make matters worse. Families would have to come to their relatives execution.
Throughout the years death penalty has become less popular. The public opinion asserts that incarceration is far worse punishment than the death penalty. Death penalty is unconstitutional, everyone has the right to live. The death penalty was created as a punishment to the extreme of extreme cases, but now states are using it constantly and randomly. The death penalty has many flaws.
The death penalty is often compared to life without parole, it is evident that the capital punishment is not only effective but more humane. Many prisoners infact rather take the option of death penalty, rather than going through the death penalty. Life imprisonment is act that is also extremely dangerous and can cause high suicide rates. An example about a man who really wanted the death penalty was, Grasso. The man started off by committing murder on an elderly lady by strangling her and smashing her head against an electrical iron, although he managed to escape the crime scene.
It is 2002 when Richard Masterson is convicted of murder and in the turning of 2016, he is executed. However, there has been an influx of proceedings that make this decision uncertain. The judge for the case failed to mention to the ignorant jury that Richardson had the option of a sentence lighter than capital punishment. The medical examiner for the autopsy of the victim was unsuited and had misdiagnosed the cause of death. Third, Masterson’s attorneys claimed that he had exhibited suicidal behaviour, an explanation why he eagerly confessed to the crime.
People are executed by the capital punishment for a variety of crimes every day in the world. Some countries execute people who were under 18, innocent people, and helpless women. The death penalty is cruel, inhuman and regarding. Death penalty does not determine the crimes, violate the human rights, used as political tools, unfair for poor people. There are many types of execution which is used in different country around the world.