The controversial issue of death penalty

Essay by crazycheccoHigh School, 12th gradeB+, March 2003

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the death penalty is a very common controversial social

issue across our world.

every time a death penalty case arises, and time comes

for the convict, thousands of people across the countries support the punishment as well as protest the punishment.

"this issue does not have any proponents of particular group. people are very split on this subject, regardless of race, backgrounds, age, gender, and other variables that distinguish individuals". (

the Alabama supreme court set a may 1st , 2002 execution date for a Florida woman convicted in 1993 shooting an Opelika police officer, her name was Lynda block.

barring a stay, Lynda was the first woman excuted in Alabama 1975.

the first of may 2002, Christopher Simmons died after a death sentence for killing with a 15-years old accomplice, Mrs. crook, in the morning of Sept.

9, 1993, he killed the girl just because Shirley Crook recognized Simmons after commited an act of burglary in her house.

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the death penalty bring us back in time , because in the earliest historical records contain evidence of capital punishment.

it was mentioned in the code of Hammuurabi (1750 Bc).

the bible prescribed death as the penalty for more than 30 different crimes, ranging for murder to fornification.

in England, during the reign of king Canute and William the conqueror, the death penalty was not used, althoug the result of interrogation and toture were often fatal .

by the end of the 15th century, english law recognized seven major crime; treason, murder, larceny, burglary, rape, and arson.

by 1800 more that 200 capital crimes were commited, and as a result, 1000 or more persons were sentenced to death each year. (Encarta,cd rom).

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