Death Penalty

Topics: Capital punishment, Crime / Pages: 9 (2240 words) / Published: Feb 22nd, 2013
The death penalty is unjust and inhumane for nations to carry out. In addition, it is irrational for the United States government to choose to condemn an individual to death. The death penalty should be banned. The main reasons the death penalty must be eliminated is for the inequality of race, gender, and class. The punishment isn’t a crime deterrent, and isn’t cost effective. Also, the potential error within the judicial system with capital punishment leads to the end of an individuals’ life, a punishment which isn’t irreversible were the error to be found. The idea of having a choice to condemn a person to death is barbaric and violates the cruel article in the Bill of Rights.[1] Consider the following example: Gary Graham, a black male, 17 year old was executed on June 23, 2000 for robbery, rape, and the murder of Bobby Lambert, a 53 year old, in 1981.[2] His death believed to be part of the genocide of blacks in America. Errors of the Graham case were the twenty-two other crimes he was accused of, the assumption of the witnesses, and the denied time to determine if Graham should be sentenced to death or put on parole. In the twenty-two crimes Graham was charged for, he pled guilty for 10 cases and crime spree, but pled not guilty for the murder of Bobby Lambert. Acclaimed innocent, Graham fought till his death, pleading the innocence of the many cases he was accused of. His lawyer asked the US Supreme Court, on an act of clemency, to give more time and tried a civil suit which was all denied.[3] More importantly, presidential candidate, George W. Bush, and the Texas governor refused to reprieve the case. Bush’s argument was that the case had been reviewed by thirty three states and federal judges. Another default to the case of Graham was the victims who only spotted 20-30 feet away from the witnesses’ eye.[4] From a face to face line up of the description of the perpetrator, it led to Gary Graham. Two other witnesses were at the scene of the crime, acclaimed


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