Death Penalty Term Paper by Neatwriter

Death Penalty
A discussion of reasons why people's opinions shift regarding the death penalty.
# 62168 | 2,154 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Nov 13, 2005 in Law (Constitution) , Hot Topics (Capital Punishment)

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This paper explains the controversial issue of the death penalty. It begins by providing a history of capital punishment and then looks at recent court rulings related to it. Arguments both for and against the death penalty are presented. The writer explains that because it is such an open-ended controversial issue, people's opinions are shifted quite easily.
Recent Rulings
Arguments against the Death Penalty
Arguments in Favor of the Death Penalty

From the Paper:

"Of all the arguments against the death penalty, the possibility that it is either biased against certain groups or that innocent people might be executed seem to be the strongest arguments. Of all the arguments in favor of the death penalty, the one suggesting that society's safety must come first seems the most compelling. But in the United States, the final arbiter of our laws is our Constitution. The Supreme Court is charged with interpreting that document, not only in terms of what the individual drafters had in mind but in light of today's realities. The Supreme Court, over and over, has ruled that the death penalty by itself is not unconstitutional. It would not be possible to argue that the founding fathers were opposed to the death penalty, because as seen by the example of Canada, those areas ruled by Britain had laws allowing the death penalty for a wide variety of crimes."

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