Texas is a state where capital punishment is legal and enforced regularly. Actually, what we usually call “first degree murder” is not called that way in Texas, but “capital murder” as premeditated murder is the crime that can lead you to a death sentence. That does not mean it always does, but at least it leads to a very heavy prison sentence, normally life imprisonment. Tim Cole, said the verdict was a complete and utmost blow. "It was a case that was not the strongest on the evidence, it was a circumstantial case (…) so we were pleased that we got the conviction, but not so happy with the punishment the jury assessed."
There are those who believe that no human being, no matter how much power or jurisdiction they have, should not have the ability and power to take away another persons life. And there are those who believe that anyone who commits crime such as murder, rape, and treason should be automatically sentenced to death without hesitation. One of the most common and most important reasons that is commonly used in the argument of the death penalty is, irrevocable mistakes. Reports say that there have been over 150 people in the last few years that have been taken from death because they were wrongfully convicted, and found innocent. Many people may not want to believe, but facts are that many innocent people have been convicted and executed.
In my opinion, these capital crimes should be limited to certain crimes such as treason, murder, rape, etc. Just to review, Thomas Jefferson tried to do the same by limiting capital punishment to just treason, but was unsuccessful. I agree with him a little bit. I would limited the different kinds of crimes to a smaller amount due to being a total amount of 2,817 waiting on death row as of January 2018 (Death Row Prisoners by State, January 22, 2018). Many also seem to argue that capital punishment is a waste of taxpayer funds and has no public safety benefit.
Within a twenty-mile range of Holmes’ home location, there were seven movie theaters in his vicinity; of the seven theaters only one theater had a restriction on concealed carry (Frosch). That theater was the one Holmes targeted. This devastating attack led to the death of twelve victims and left over seventy more severely wounded (Truesdale). In Even though the gunman fired at an unsuspecting crowd, with over 400 individuals the possibility of one citizen having a concealed carry weapon and neutralizing the suspect are much greater. In Holmes’s diary he states that he would not target an airport due to “substantial security” (Frosch).
Since the reinstatement of the federal death penalty in 1988, 75 defendants have been sentenced to death of whom 3 have been executed and 10 have been finally removed from death row, according to The Death Penalty Information Center. Given the popularity of the death penalty in present day America, it is fair to assume that there are perhaps justifications for it, though there are plenty of people who firmly oppose it. Without going into the details of any given judicial system, there are several reasons to support both sides of the argument. Capital punishment is such a powerful notion, although not all crimes are punishable by death, there are many advantages to being pro-death penalty when it applies. Death penalty costs the government less
Numerous times we have seen that it has been unfair on people of low social status as well as colored people. The death penalty has also made it easier on the criminal because of the one time sentence that they get instead of suffering the rest of their lives for the high level crime that they committed. Lastly, the death penalty has been irreversible because innocent people that have been accused and killed by the death penalty are now dead forever for something that they did not do. All of this proves how the death penalty is not always the right way punish a
Although this case was highly publicized and nearly two percent of murderers actually get the death penalty, this does not mean leaving hardened criminals without stringent punishment, and I have to disagree with D.A. Ayala's decision. Justice delivery must be improved but capital punishment must
Life behind bars would be one of the lowest points in life for many Americans, but according to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, one in one-hundred-and-ten adults are in a correctional facility. These people are putting themselves or others in harm’s way, and rightfully lose some civil rights due to their actions. I would say the majority of society would not want murderers or rapists roaming the streets, but what if someone was convicted of a non-violent marijuana offense? Are they just as much of a danger to society as the prior offenders mentioned? The “war on drugs” is made out to be one of the largest causes of mass incarcerations in the United States, but difficulties within legislation, the prison-industrial complex, and lack of
Challenging Michael Summers is H. Lee Sarokin as he says "In my view deterrence plays no part whatsoever…Statistics demonstrate that states without the death penalty have consistently lower murder rates than states with it, but frankly I think those statistics are immaterial and coincidental. Fear of the death penalty may cause a few to hesitate, but certainly not enough to keep it in force..." (H. Lee Sarokin, 2011). H. Lee Sarokin actually suggests that the statistics showing the death penalty is an effective deterrent are fundamentally irrelevant and accidental. He also brings up the point that fear of the death penalty will only cause few to worry about committing crimes but the rest will more or less commit the crimes without thinking
The following charges are not to be taken lightly as the actions of these figures lead to the subsequent death of millions. Clearly, justice had to be served to these criminals as ignoring their actions would be similar to neglecting that these millions did not die. In addition, after the mass casualties that ensued in World War II, justice could only be morally achieved in a court of law rather than senseless killing. The severity of their sentences weighed on how many charges they were guilty of. After the span of 9 months and 216 trials, a consensus was reached.
Police and prosecutors tend to downplay the violent assaults on health care workers unless someone is severely injured, even though 30 states have felony laws against it (Jacobson, 2014, p. 4). According to a descriptive study conducted by Lisa Wolf there were many instances in, which the legal, judicial system was unwilling to pursue charges against patients, or family members who assaulted nurses. Thus the focus on legislation to make an assault on health care workers a felony crime may have limited efficacy unless efforts are made to address society’s complacency toward violence against nurses (Wolf et al., 2014, p. 3). In Pennsylvania two house bill’s were introduced one in 2011 House Bill 1992. The bill was referred back to committee and was reintroduced in October of 2013 as House Bill 1746.
Parks says, “Although historians have no way of knowing how long the death penalty has been an issue of controversy, they do know it has been debated for centuries”(Parks). Regarding this matter Amy Marcaccio published findings from polls that show around 70% of Americans support the death penalty (Marcaccio). Often times the death penalty is thought to deter criminals but others think that the death penalty is immoral and that the government has no right to determine whether someone should live or die. Capital punishment has been debated for centuries and will continue to be discussed for many years. While racial bias is considered a large issue, the process of being sentenced is far too extensive for this to be likely.
More restrictive gun laws should be passed now. Gun laws are a major topic of conflict for most people in America. Some want to only allow police to carry guns whereas other want to continue to have the right to bare arms. According to The Trace twelve thousand nine hundred and forty-two people were killed in 2015 due to guns in comparison to the united kingdom where only a hundred and forty-seven people were killed. The United Kingdom has stricter gun laws then the US and therefore they don’t have as many fatalities due to firearms as the US does.