Affirmative Constructive Speech
Resolved that the Illinois state legislature should reinstate capital punishment. Right before leaving office and one day before the opening statements of the racketeering trial of his former chief of staff were to begin, Governor Ryan decided to commute the sentence of all 167 condemned inmates in Illinois to life in prison. It has been said by many government officials that this order was just a "smoke screen" to deflect attention from a political scandal that was threatening to become the governor's legacy. It is obvious that the reason behind the moratorium (halting of all executions) and the commuting of the sentences was not based on moral values or popular votes. It was based on Mr. Ryan wanting to build a legacy and nothing more. In fact, statistics will show that the majority of the population is in favor of capital punishment. Most agree that the death penalty is a necessary tool that reaffirms the sanctity of human life while assuring that convicted killers will never again prey upon others.
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There is a need for change because convicted...