THe Death penelty

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The Death Penalty

A wise man once said, " to be able to argue your point you must completely understand the point of your opponent, and to do this you must research the topic with an open mind." As an adult I have always believed in the theory of "an eye for an eye" but never took the time to examine why people were opposed to killing someone who has committed and been convicted for the crime of murder. In this paper I will show the history behind the death penalty and why people oppose it's use in today's society

The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the eighteenth century B.C in the code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, which qualified death for twenty different crimes. The death penalty was also part of the fourteenth century B.C Hittite code, the seventh century B.C 's Dranconion code of Athens, which made death the only punishment for all crimes.

Death sentences were carried out by such means as crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive and implalement. In the Tenth century A.D hanging became the usual method of execution in Britain. In the Sixteenth century under the reign of Henry VIII the death penalty still existed. Some methods of execution at that time were boiling, burning at the stake, hanging and beheading. By the

1700's there were 222 crimes that were punishable by death in Britain. Britain influenced America's use of the penalty more than any other country did. When settlers

came to this country they brought with them the practice of capital punishment. The first

recorded execution was that of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608. Kendall was executed for being a spy for Spain. By 1612 Virginia Governor, Sir Thomas Dale...