Sociology Paper

Topics: Sociology, Death Penalty, Conflict theory Pages: 2 (483 words) Published: September 15, 2013
In the article “Women on Death Row Runs out Of Appeals,” I read about a lady named Teresa Lewis who was sentenced to death back in 2003 for the murders of her husband and son. She met two men in line at Wal-Mart whom she ended bribing to do the actual killings with money and sex. The plan was to then split Lewis’s husband and son’s savings and life insurance which were combined worth hundreds and thousands of dollars. The night of the murders Lewis stood by as the two hit-men shot down her husband and son. Lewis waited a whole 45 minutes to call police after the incident occurred. Her husband, Julian, was still alive when cops arrived, but only long enough to murmur, “My wife knows who done this to me,” to the officer. Now, seven years later her defense team argued that the case should be re-opened since the original defense lawyer failed to uncover if her low intelligence score and psychiatric vulnerability led her able to scheme the murders. With her intelligence score being at only a 72 which psychologists would consider boarder line retarded, you could see why that may be considered. But prosecutors disagreed since “no medical professional has concluded that Teresa Lewis meets the medical or statutory definition of mentally retarded.” With that, the Supreme Court voted against her with a 7-2 vote. The sociological theory seen is this article was deviance and social control because in the article she had her husband and son killed and all the acts she committed where deviant. She broke many rules and norms of society so I felt that it was a great article to write about. Social control fits this because it’s the way society enforces its rules. It is relevant to a sociological perspective because it literally has all the requirements to represent deviance and social control. The deviance part is obvious because she broke a pretty important norm and society is punishing her for it which is the social control part. It’s quite clear she knew what she was...
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