Death Penalty (Hot Topics) by Syd Golston

By Syd Golston

Objectively and thoughtfully discover the subject of the dying penalty.

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Criminology, a branch of sociology, focuses often on the effects of capital punishment. As with claims supporting the death penalty, each argument attacking it also elicits opposing responses. ” Public violence, they say, encourages the disturbed citizens of society to commit more violence. For example, in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, homicide rates rose. Terrorists and mass killers like Timothy McVeigh may actually be encouraged by the prospect of public execution; they desire the additional publicity for their causes that comes when they are executed.

The only jurors who could be excluded were those who said they would automatically vote against the death penalty in all cases. Witherspoon v. Illinois was the first case that showed that the Supreme Court was willing to limit state practices in capital cases, and it opened the door to forty years of subsequent Supreme Court decisions on the death penalty. Furman v. Georgia, 1972 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense Fund (LDF) mounted a campaign to bring the entire issue of capital punishment to the Supreme Court as a violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

Williams was executed in 1999. THE FINANCIAL AND MORAL COSTS “The death penalty exacts a terrible price in dollars, lives and human decency. ” —Robert M. Morgenthau, district attorney, Manhattan. Quoted in Daily Record, “It Is Time to Say ‘Enough’ to Death Penalty,” December 20, 2004. Racial slurs in courtrooms can go unnoticed or unpunished. The Florida Supreme Court upheld the sentence of a defendant whose white judge used such language in open court. In Missouri, Judge Earl Blackwell, who is white, was presiding over a murder case in which the defendant, Brian Kinder, was an unemployed black man.

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