Pros and Cons of the Death Penalty The death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death as a punishment for a crime. The death penalties are usually carried out for retribution of a heinous murder committed, such as aggravated murder, felony killing or contract killing. Every state handles what method they want to use to put a person to death according to their state laws. The death penalty is given by lethal injection, electrocution; gas chamber firing squad and hanging are some of the ways that certain states may carry out their death penalty procedures. I will present some views and personal opinion dealing with the pros and cons of the death penalty. The death penalty is such a life altering subject that affects all parties’ lives that are involved in the death penalty process. I personally have mixed feeling about the death penalty. I don’t know really if I would be a person that would support the death penalty or not. I do feel that murdering someone is wrong, and since no one really close to me has never been murdered. I don’t know if my feeling would change as being a supporter for the death penalty or not. I can only pray that God will help this county to make the right choices when comes to life or death.
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The media uses great power in our society as a way to get information out to the public. This could have a great influence on the decision process of a death penalty case. Journalists, radios, TV, and news media not only talk about evidence, but also help to decide what issues and stories publics chat about. Many crimes that are committed get wide spread mass media coverage. This can cause problems for all sides involved in handling such heart wrenching casing like death penalty cases. The crime squad officers involved in criminal cases may become entangled with the media in the process of providing evidence about a death penalty case. Mass media exposure of a trial, particularly
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The Case against the Death Penalty
December 12, 2012