Have you ever been blamed for something you did not do? After Abraham Lincoln 's assassination Stanton, the secretary of war, began to search for suspects that may have been involved in the assassination. One of whom was Mary Surratt a woman who was the mother of John Surratt Jr. and was the owner of the boarding house in H Street, Washington. Stanton claimed Mary as part of the conspiracy to kill Lincoln, and was given a death sentence for her crimes. Even though Mary Surratt was hanged she still deserved a better sentence as she did not get a fair trial against her.
The Penalty of Mary Surratt How would you discipline someone who took part in a murder? Would you give them a death sentence, maybe a life sentence in prison? Mary Surratt was charged with death for her involvement in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Although she may not have known about the murder, she was already going to aide in the kidnapping of the president. Therefore, Mary Surratt deserved her death penalty due to her actions in the murderous plan of Abraham Lincoln.
As said by the illustrious Hungarian poet, Péter Zilahy,“You have to make choices even when there is nothing to choose from.” The following quote is constructed in a seemingly insoluble case, with no materialistic evidence found. Despite having no concrete testimony, Mary Maloney should still be found guilty for the cruel murder of her unsuspecting husband due to circumstantial evidence, including her previous outburst of pure anger, and her odd and abnormal behavior that night. Both circumstances support and indicate Mary carried out the murder of Patrick. On what appeared to be an ordinary night, things took an abrupt turn for the worst. Mary Maloney sat awaiting her husband’s arrival home from a stressful day at work.
The argument used by many death penalty advocates is that it serves to deter other violent criminals and murderers from committing such vicious acts themselves. Dating back to the early 1600s, the first recorded death sentence was carried out on Captain George Kendall in 1608 (Reggio). Kendall was killed by a firing squad for allegedly spying on America for the Spanish government (Reggio). This was the first of many executions by either a firing squad, hanging, asphyxiation, lethal gas, electrocution or lethal injection. Despite these horrific methods, Americans should support the death penalty because it demonstrates the power of the United States court system, serves as a warning to other offenders, protects citizens, and can bring a sense of peace to the families and friends of the
Other argue that the we must keep the death penalty for a deterrent. when we examine these facts a little closer we can see that these facts show a broken system leading to a death verdict determined by a group of people given a short one-sided story. We can begin by looking at the argument of the deterrent factor this is one of the biggest and most popular reason many people claim reason to uphold the death
Shown from the math above and the proof it is fair to say that Romeo is a serial killer. He isn't just any ordinary serial killer though he is the best at his job killing 1 person every 0.8 days. Not only is he a serial killer but he made up a mastermind plan to “fall in love” with Juliet and then make a plan to kill some more people, and when he was getting close to being caught he killed himself never to be interrogated. In the end, Romeo got away with more kills in 4 days than any other serial killer in the
Atticus said to Jem concerning the death sentence of Tom that he is “a colored man, Jem. No jury in this part of the world's going to say 'We think you're guilty, but not very' on a charge like that. It was either a straight acquittal or nothing” (Lee). In conclusion, Jim Crow laws and Scottsboro trials significantly influenced the plot and character evolution of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. All these cases the author witnessed and perceived as a personal matter.
As written above, JTR was not even the first case of a serial murder just 16 years before the rippers first appearance, Mary Ann Cotton was hanged for the poising and killing of twenty people. (Tilstra) Yet, Jack the Ripper is more known than all those killers combined. Jack The Ripper is more than just a killer. JTR stands for London during the Victorian era, with all its perks but also catastrophes. This Essay aims at drawing a connection between him and the Victorian London thus reviling JTR as Victorian
From the quote there is perceptible evidence that Mary Maloney has evidently killed her husband and feels no regret towards it. Doing the unthinkable crime of murder is one thing, but not being hurt by the death of your own husband, is baleful enough. Moreover, Mary hid the truth from, all with the help
However, in modern times, debates over the death penalty question the morality and ethics of putting to death one who has committed the same act. Tensions have boiled over to point that many call for the eradication of the death penalty itself. While abolitionists of the death penalty make strong arguments in their favor, the death penalty offers an incentive for citizens to follow the law, gives the state the power to execute
"If ever there was a case that requires the court to intervene, and make this right, it 's this case. Thomas Clayton is innocent of this murder," said Schlather. Clayton hired Michael Beard to kill his wife Kelley in September 2015. In February, a jury convicted
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), 60 Minutes put out an interview piece about Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton and attempted to show how eyewitness testimony is flawed. Thompson was the victim and survivor of a rape and Cotton was the accused. Cotton served nearly 11 years before his exoneration, the eyewitness conviction deemed flawed. However, not flawed eyewitness testimony only convicted Cotton but the power of suggestion, finger pointing, and some unconscientious persuasion as well. There is no skirting around the terrible event that happened against Thompson.
Murdering or sentencing one to death row is not just, even if the individual is guilty of treason. By saying the individual on trial shall not live because they murdered another, this reflects back on the decision makers. It deems those making the decisions hypocrites. The court members are choosing whether one lives or dies, and if they choose the death option they are performing the exact crime the individual could be on trial for. Murder.
According to the essay, Northwestern University sponsored a conference which claimed that group of people were innocent on death row. One of these men include Dr. Jay Smith who was eventually “freed from death row.” Smith was convicted of the murder of Susan Reinert and her two children. The state appellate court held that state prosecutors failed to disclose the existence of two grains of sand found on the victims body, which might have possibly supported Smith’s claim of innocent. Smith’s conviction was set aside, he was freed from a life sentence in prison, and the state was forbidden from retrying him. What I found interesting from this story was that Smith was not innocent and yet remains on Amnesty International’s list of those exonerated from death row and was feted by the Innocence Project at Northwestern University in
In his first trial, Wright was pressured by deputies to confess. He accused Charlie Weems and Clarence Norris of raping Price and Bates. Despite him later claiming his statements were coerced, his own trial ended in eleven jurors voting for a death sentence and one seeking life in prison. He spent the next six years in jail without a retrial before finally being released in January of 1937. In his first trial, Wright was pressured by deputies to confess.