The women of Mesopotamia had a series of laws where it clearly shows they were classified as property. Some laws had harsh punishments and other laws you just had to pay for what you did. Hammurabi clearly showed the opposite of equal among the social classes, by favoring the rich and making it harder for the poor. With the different social classes,
In the years between 1800 BCE to 1750 BCE Hammurabi ruled Mesopotamia from the city of Babylon. Hammurabi is most known for his code. The code of Hammurabi was established to maintain order and justice through Mesopotamia. Order and Justice inevitably constructed and established the city states of Mesopotamia to thrive. This code put the people of the social hierarchy in their place to fulfill their duties.
Walter McMillan suffered due to the perjury of witnesses, whom law enforcement coerced to provide false testimonies placing McMillan at the scene of a murder. Similar situations could be prevented by only placing a person on death row if there exists irrefutable, incriminating evidence, such as DNA evidence or camera footage. The use of DNA analysis in modern day death penalty cases has almost nullified the chance that an innocent person is put on death row, as such evidence or the lack thereof guards an innocent defendant against perjury (Bradbury, "The Death Penalty Affirms the Sanctity of Life"). The tragic story of McMillan also indicates the biased perception of the local courts that condemned him; he had already been framed as a vicious murderer by the media and, at that time, was predisposed to a conviction of capital punishment simply by being a black man in Alabama. However, today’s review of capital punishment cases by both state and federal courts makes such a bias highly unlikely.
Hammurabi's code, a set of laws that ruled the people of Babylon. The Code worked as a legal version of revenge, "an eye for an eye". The Code ensured that if a person caught committing a crime would be punish for his crime. Some may argue that the code was barbaric, but the Babylonian's viewed it as the most efficient way to punish crimes.
The upper class if the laws were not followed did not get the same harsh punishments as lower class they were hit with a fine. They believed in the eye for eye saying meaning. If you busted someone’s lip then the same would have to happen to you. Unless you are part of the upper class and you did it to a lower class. Hammurabi’s law unlike the Ten Commandments consisted of over two hundred laws and punishments.
Name:Eliana lopez Cohort: CAL Question: Hammurabi’s Code: Was it just? Hammurabi Have you ever heard of Hammurabi and his codes?Well Hammurabi was a king of a land between two rivers called Mesopotamia.Hammurabi made codes aka laws like no stealing. The purpose of his “codes” were to keep everyone safe from danger.He laws that involved like “Personal Injury Law, Creation of the codes,Family laws,Property Law. Body Paragraph 1 Examples of Just laws can first be found in the area of family law. Here is one of the family laws in Mesopotamia.The first example is that “If a married lady is caught cheating with another man, they shall bind and cast them into the water.” If a son has struck his father,his hands shall be cut
During this time, the penalty for the murder of another person was not consistently punished in one way. For some people, murder would be punished with a public execution for the entire community to see, while for others they could get away with murder completely free of any punishment. At the time the punishment often depended on the social class of the killer and the social class of the person that was killed. In this situation, social class was less of a factor since the Prince let Romeo off easy since the person that Romeo killed was the killer of Mercutio, who is related by blood to the Prince in this quote “And for that offense immediately do we exile him hence... My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding; but I’ll amerce you with so strong a fine that you shall repent the loss of mine.” (3.1. 179-84).
People would not be able to get away with such a cruel action towards other humans, that they might of been allowed to in the Elizabethan era times. Why in the world were punishments for crimes so cruel during the Elizabethan era? In this time period, punishments were a lot more harsh than they are now. People kill others in this time and just get sentenced to life in prison, they are still fed and have shelter. Torture then at that time was used to punish a person for his or her crimes, intimidate them and the group to which he or she belongs, gather information, and/or obtain a confession.
Everyday in our country there are killings being committed by innocent people who made a choice they would never even think necessary. The choice to kill another is rarely even a choice, but a sacrifice. Many times in our society we think of killings as murder, but this simply isn’t always the case. Many of those who are forced to make such tough decisions are victims or at the very least, well-intentioned people who are trying to end someone else’s suffering. In the case of Capital Punishment, those who murder should pay the ultimate price for something they have taken themselves… their life.
Another key point is that the Code not only introduces a set of punishments but for each of the three classes in Babylonian society. The seriousness of the punishment depend on the class of the victim and the offender. Babylonia was not the only society to give punishment by status, ancient Indian, Law of Manu, punished those in way of caste system. The Brahmins who were the upper-caste were normally fined for punishment and even escaped from it. On the opposite end of the caste system the Shudra, who are the lower-caste, would have harsher punishments for the simplest offenses.