Death penalty Persuasion.

Essay by V_A_P_O_RHigh School, 11th gradeA+, August 2003

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"Jesus loves you, Jesus loves you." Were the last words ever uttered by an eight year old little girl by the name of Cary Ann Medlin, who in her last breath asked for nothing more than God?s forgiveness for Robert Glen Coe, the very man that was preparing to rape and murder her. This man and those like him must have justice brought to bear upon them, and true justice for crimes such as these can come in no other form than the end of the perpetrators? life. The death penalty is a morally justified sentence that has been an accepted part of civilized society since its inception; one might say that the punishment must fit the crime, and in some cases the only suitable penalty is death.

Since the death penalty is already in use throughout the United States, rather than explain why it is justified, we will attempt to logically prove that every argument that is commonly raised against it is flawed.

Probably the most widely used, and seemingly credible argument against capital punishment is the claim that it punishes minorities more than others, and the poor more than the rich. While this is true, this points not to a flaw in capital punishment, but to a glaring inconsistency among the entire judicial system. Also, this does not mean that the minorities and poor being put to death are not guilty. They are just as guilty as everyone who is punished for everything; our judicial system ensures that those on trial receive every opportunity to prove their innocence. The flaw with our judicial system is not that it punishes some people more than others, it?s that it allows people with extra resources to more easily escape justice. Ending capital punishment based on this fact would mean...