Death Penalty

Death Penalty In our understandable desire to be fair and to protect the rights of offenders in our criminal justice system, let us never ignore or minimize the rights of their victims. 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. Through the death penalty many families of victims find solace and retribution by seeking to put an end to it all; the sleepless nights, the terrifying nightmares of what their son, daughter, wife, husband, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin or friend went through and the constant reminder of why their loved ones arent with them. In June 1997, a parade of witnesses at the trial of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, described the explosions impact on their lives. Survivors of the blast expressed their belief that killing McVeigh would be justified, given their loss, and many expressed their fury. The sooner McVeigh meets his maker, the sooner justice will be served, said Darlene Welch, whose 4-year-old niece, Ashley, was killed in the blast. He will get what he deserves in the afterlife, where he will meet Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer, says Ernie Ross, who suffered serious injuries from the blast while working across the street.

He deserves the death penalty, theres no doubt about that. This would seem to be what Americans want. In poll after poll, more than 70% say they support the death penalty, a figure that has remained consistent for the past decade. But increasingly, another argument for the death penalty is being voiced, one far more basic. It centers not on the criminals debt to society but on the right of a victims loved ones to gain peace of mind through his death.

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The right, in other words, would be therapeutic vengeance. Death-penalty opponents have traditionally viewed this kind of personal retribution as barbaric. But isnt bringing solace to a victim and their family a legitimate justification for the death penalty? And isnt providing solace a powerful form of compensation? On the afternoon of October 1, 1997, 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley told his grandmother, I have to go do something. Ill be back in a little while. Then he left her house in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His grandmother would be the last one to see him alive. When Curley did not come home that night, his family, their neighbors and police organized a huge search. They also distributed flyers with the boys picture on it. The next day Salvatore Sicari, Curleys neighbor and adult friend, arrived at the Curleys home with a handful of the flyers. He expressed his concern over the boys disappearance and offered his assistance.

Sicari also began to speak to Cambridge police, offering bits of information. Sicari told police that he had last seen Curley on the morning of October 1, when Curley had apparently threatened him with his dog. Sicari said that he told Curley that he would kill the dog if the boy didnt stop. After that encounter, Sicari said he met up with Charles Jaynes. Sicari told authorities that he had seen Curley riding in Jaynes Cadillac in the past. He also claimed that Jaynes had promised Curley a bicycle.

He had warned Curley to stay away from Jaynes. Cambridge police contacted Jaynes on October 2. While he denied knowing Curley, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken into custody. In Jaynes wallet, police found four receipts for items purchased with a credit card bearing his fathers name: Edward Jaynes. The items included a receipt from Bradlees for a Rubbermaid container, a receipt from Home Depot for cement and lime, a receipt for a bicycle and a receipt from an Osco Drug Store for cigars and caffeine pills.

All of these purchases were made on the day of Curleys disappearance. When questioned, Jaynes said that he knew Curley, but denied seeing him on the day the boy disappeared. Sicari was contacted again by Cambridge police and continued to provide details. In his statement, Sicari described the killing. While he drove Jaynes Cadillac, he explained, the 250-pound Jaynes sat on Curley in the back seat.

As Curley struggled, Jaynes allegedly told him, Dont fight it. Jaynes then placed a gasoline soaked rag to the boys mouth and held it there, killing him. After the boy had been suffocated to death Sicari and Jaynes drove to numerous stores to buy the items necessary to dispose of Curleys body. Video cameras in two of the stores captured the men at the checkout counter purchasing a Rubbermaid container, a bag of lime and a bag of concrete. The men then left Massachusetts and drove to Jaynes apartment in Manchester, New Hampshire.

There, Jaynes took off Curleys clothes and molested the boys dead body. When Sicari became sick he ran to the bathroom and Jaynes said to him, Dont be a baby. Come out here and help me, hes starting to stiffen up. Sicari then admitted to helping Jaynes prepare the body. First they placed Curleys body in the cement-filled Rubbermaid container, put lime on his face and in his mouth to speed decomposition, and sealed the container with duct tape. Then they drove to Maine, where they dumped the container into a river. Prosecutors believed that Sicari and Jaynes lured Curley into Jaynes Cadillac with the promise of $50 and a bicycle.

One or both of the men allegedly made sexual advances towards the boy, then suffocated him when he resisted. Prosecutor David Yanetti said it doesnt matter which man physically performed the kidnapping and murder. Even if it was Jaynes who actually kidnapped and murdered Curley, Sicari is equally culpable because he intended to commit the crimes and assisted Jaynes in carrying them out, Yanetti insisted. Sicari plead not guilty to charges of kidnapping and first-degree murder. He maintained that it was Jaynes, a self-admitted pedophile, who killed Curley. Sicari claimed he in no way cooperated with Jaynes or shared in any intent. Sicari also said it was Jaynes who later molested Curleys dead body.

The defendant conceded, however, that he did nothing to prevent the killing, that he helped Jaynes prepare Curleys body for disposal, and helped Jaynes dump Curleys corpse into the river. On May 11, 1982, Allen Lee Davis, an ex-convict, entered the Jacksonville, Florida, home of the John Weiler family. Weiler, an executive was on a business trip in Pittsburgh. In the Weiler home, Allen Lee Davis attacked Nancy Weiler, 37, who at the time was three months pregnant with the familys third child. Davis beat Mrs. Weiler, who was the secretary of the PTA at her childrens school, so severely that she was barely recognizable when police found her body. Davis brutalized Mrs.

Weiler with such force that the trigger guard on the gun with which he was beating her broke, as did the wooden grips and metal frame of its handle. Davis then tied up the Weilers 10-year-old daughter, Kristy, a 5th-grade student who hoped to become a nuclear engineer someday and shot her in the face, killing her. The Weilers other child, 5-year-old Kathy tried to run from Davis. He shot her in the back, and then beat her head so severely that he crushed her skull. Cary Ann Medlin was an average 8-year old little girl. Brown hair covered the sides of her sweet face, and big brown eyes that enhanced her constant, glowing smile.

This darling won the hearts of any who crossed her path with her soft-spoken ways and her love for life. Cary attended Sunday school at the First Baptist Church on Sundays, and learned at an early age the love of her Lord and Savior. Even during her last breaths, Cary tried to save this man who had hurt her beyond description. Her favorite colors were pink and blue. She loved country music, and often pranced around the house singing.

She loved to swim and ride her bike. Cary hated to wear shoes. She sucked her thumb until she was almost 2 years old. She was a carefree little girl that loved life, and lived it with enthusiasm. One day, Cary and her brother Michael were riding bikes in the neighborhood. A seemingly friendly man, named Robert Glenn Coe, in an old car pulled up beside her.

She parked her bike in front of a nearby church and climbed into the car. That was the last time Cary was seen alive. As soon as Cary was reported missing, the entire community went into action. Hundreds of volunteers searched the nearby areas searching for her and the suspects vehicle. After two days, the familys worst fears were confirmed when Carys body was found at the end of a field road on the outskirts of town. Most of the killers confession was a nightmare for the family. There was, however, one part of the suspects testimony that stood out.

It was that something that told Carys loved ones that the Lord had taken care of her, even until the very end. Just prior to ending the misery of this poor defenseless angel, Coe said she looked up at him and said, Jesus loves you. It was said that even Coe choked a bit of emotion when telling that part of the story. Coe was convicted of the crime in 1981 and sentenced to death. On a final note, how can murder be taken seriously if the penalty isnt equally as serious? A crime, after all, is only as severe as the punishment that follows it.

As Edward Koch once said: It is by exacting the highest penalty for the taking of human life that we affirm the highest value of human life. Award-winning Chicago journalist Mike Royko strongly defended this position by stating: When I think of the thousands of inhabitants of Death Rows in the hundreds of prisons in this country..My reaction is: Whats taking us so long? Lets get that electrical current flowing. Drop those pellets [of poison gas] now! Whenever I argue this with friends who have opposite views, they say that I dont have enough regard for the most marvelous of miracles-human life. Just the opposite: Its because I have so much regard for human life that I favor capital punishment. Murder is the most terrible crime there is. Anything less than the death penalty is an insult to the victim and society.

It says that we dont value the victims life enough to punish the killer fully.

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.. stressing and may take several minutes. The courts step in. By 1967 legislation efforts were under way to persuade the U.S Supreme Court that the death penalty violated cruel and unusual punishment prohibitions of the eight amendment. The court responded by staying execution by the court order pending outcome of the suits. In June 1992 the court decided that the erratic selection of offenders singled out for the death penalty resulted from lack of standards.

On July 1972 the Supreme Court again ruled on the death penalty and issued 5 opinions. One decision stated that capital punishment for the crime of murder was not cruel or unusual punishment. They also ruled that to be constitutional a procedure for imposing the death penalty must provide standards for sentencing authorities. The Supreme Court rulings indicated the court would hold the states to strict standards in imposing the death penalty. The prosecutor. The prosecutor must decide weather to change the offender with an offense meriting the death penalty or a lesser offense.

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Assuming the occused has been charged with death penalty, the prosecutor ordinarily has to decide weather to accept a plea of guilty to a lesser offense instead. This permits the defendant to avoid possible execution in exchange for going to prison without a trial. In some situations the prosecutor makes his or her decision in cooperation with the grand jury. Since prosecutors are no more immune to human fallibility than others are, the possibility of error lurks. The defense lawyer. When the prosecutor charges a defendant with a capital offense but is willing to accept a plea of guilty to a lesser one, the defendant the oretically, has the option of accepting or rejecting the alternative.

Sometimes the accused is more than likely in a state of emotional turmoil, frightened, and confused. The defendant may, in fact, not be guilty, but the defense lawyer may nevertheless advise the client to plead guilty to the lesser offense in order to avoid trial, the risk of conviction, and the possibility of execution. Should the defendant elect to stand trial, his or her fate is completely in the hands of the defense attorney. If the criminal lawyer is skillful, the chances of conviction, if the accused is not guilty, are much in the defendant’s favor. The jury.

The defendant’s fate is also in the hands of the jurors. At the end of the trial the jurors are faced with a number of decisions to make, each of which can be subject to error. Race, racism continues to play an unacceptable and powerful role in capital punishment. In state death penalty cases, he race of the victim is much more important than the prior criminal record of the defender or the actual circumstances of crime. More than half of those inmates on death row are people of color, although they represent only 20% of the people of the U.S although they are about 6% of the U.S population, about 40% of those on death row are African American. Race, a 1984 death penalty case, McClaskey vs.

Kemp, showed that in Georgia those who kill whites are four times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who kill a black person. At the federal level, black and Hispanic defendants are disproportionately selected for capital prosecution. Since 1988, the federal government has sought the death penalty in 92 cases. Of these, 56 defendants (61%) were black, 11 were Hispanic, 5 were Asian, and 20 were Caucasian. Women, in comparison with men, women are less often prosecuted for capital crimes, and less frequently sentenced to death.

Nevertheless, 47 women are awaiting execution in the U.S. In February 1998, Kayla Faye Tucker was executed in Texas despite her obvious rehabilitation. Her case drew worldwide attention, and many clemency pleas, including those from human rights activist Bianca Jogger, the Rev. Pat Robertson, and Pope John Paul II, one of the jurors in her case, and the brother of one of her victims. As April 1998, Florida executed 54 year old Judy Buenano also.

3 women in AK, IL, and TX were given the death penalty in 1998. Juveniles, In 1988 the U.S Supreme Court ruled that persons less than 16 when they committed the crime may not be sentenced to death. Currently in 14 states not including MO and as well as the federal government ban the execution of those who were younger than 18 when he killed. At this present time, 51 death row inmates, all male, were less than 18 when they committed the crime. Three fourths of them were 17 and a quarter were 16 years old. Texas’ death row holds 20 of the 51; nine men have been executed for crimes committed at age 17, none since 1993. In 1997, at least 6 juveniles ages 16 or 17 when they killed were condemned to death.

In February 1999, OK executed Sean Sellars for a horrendous crime he committed when he was 16. In 1992, a defense-sponsored psychiatric evaluation concluded Sellars had multiple personality disorder. But the 10th U.S circuit court of appeals, based on a technicality said it could not grand relief. Statistics, There have been 18 total executions in the new millennium and nine of them have been in TX. Between 1930 and 1980 there have been 3,860 executions in the U.S of this number, 3,380 have been executed for murder. Rape, armed robbery, burglary and aggravated assault no longer are capital crimes.

Only 32 women have been executed. Since 1930 half of all persons executed were non-white. By 1983 polls revealed nearly 70% favored capital punishment. Questions you have to ask yourself about the death penalty. Does a prisoner have the right to die quickly rather than wait for years while the appeals process drags on? Why does the appeals process take so long? Why, in a time when many countries have abolished the death penalty, does the U.S still execute criminals? Is the death penalty jut, or is it a legalized form of murder? Does the death penalty actually prevent crime by frightening potential crimes? Is it cruel to kill someone in an electric chair or gas chamber? Is it fair to all Americans that some states have strict death penalty laws while others employ long, complicated legal procedures that make it almost impossible for a criminal to be executed? Samuel Hand, The North American Review, December 1881 wrote an article titled Deserved Retribution. It said, Capital execution upon the deadly poisoner and the midnight assassin is not only necessary for the safety of society, it is the fit and deserved retribution of their crimes.

By it alone is divine and human justice is fulfilled. Robert Rantaul Jr., Report to The Legislature, 1836 wrote an article titled Death Penalty Unnecessary. It said, It is not necessary to hang the murderer in order to guard society against him, and to prevent him from repeating the crime. If it were, we should hang the maniac, who is the most dangerous murderer. Society may defend itself by other means than by destroying life.

Massachusetts can build prisons strong enough to secure the community forever against convicted felons. You may have been close minded about capital punishment before you read my paper and if you were you still probably are, but the one thing I hope you saw were all the sides and views of capital punishment.

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When turning on the television, radio, or simply opening the local newspaper, people are bombarded with news of arrests, murders, homicides, and other such tragedies. I believe murder, including the death penalty, is the worst thing that anyone could do. Since Hammurabi first introduced the notion of “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”, people have been arguing over whether this is just punishment. Those in favor of the death penalty argue that people should pay for the crimes they do. For them, death is the only fit punishment in some cases. This is not the case. The death penalty is, rather, unethical and wrong. A death for another death does nothing but satisfy one’s need for revenge. How often do these concepts creep into the public’s mind when it hears of our fair, trusty’ government taking away someone’s breathing rights? I am strongly against the death penalty because it violates God’s rules, costs the taxpayers too much money, and the possible “wrongly accused.”
I do not support having the death penalty because it violates religious beliefs. Many religions, such as my own, Catholicism, follow the rules that God sent to us through the Ten Commandments. One of the most important of those ten state, “Thou shall not kill.” If someone is executing an individual, that clearly violates this commandment. Most of the people today are supposed to live Christian lives, but they don’t mind people getting killed. I am pretty sure if it were someone in their family, they would feel the same way I do. Murdering any person, no matter what the individual has been convicted of, is a mortal sin. Therefore, God will punish anyone who aids in executing people. I believe that religious beliefs, such as the Ten Commandments, are the corner stone for our law system. Executing someone should not be made an exception to God’s rule.
Most people feel that men who rape little children deserve to die a painful death. They feel that the child and family would be much happier if he dies and know that he can’t hurt anyone anymore. The death penalty still would be wrong. I am pretty sure that people would feel differently if it were their family. They would just want them to get a harsher punishment.

My next reason against the death penalty is that taxpayers waste too much of their money with the death penalty. The average death penalty case is appealed many times. This means that the taxpayers must pay for the same trial to be heard three times. This is a very expensive practice. Also, the convicted murderer spends a long time on death row. If supporters of the death penalty are positive enough to kill the person for committing the crime, shouldn’t the supporters be confident enough to execute them in a timely manner? Why spend the taxpayer’s money keeping these inmates in jail for so long? Taxpayer’s money should go to better society, not to accommodate the prisoners that are going to end up dead.
People also think that if someone is killed, they should be killed also. That goes back to my introduction of what Hammurabi thought. I really think that his saying is kind of ridiculous. I hate people who are closed minded about certain things. Why should someone be killed for killing? As I was taught when I was younger, two wrongs don’t make anything right. If people would follow that notion, then they would be better off.

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There’s always the chance of the innocent being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A handful of evidence from a strong lawyer could sentence someone to life in prison, and even the death penalty. One could be spending and ending his life in captivity for simply walking down the wrong street on the wrong day. That person does not deserve to serve the time that’s not rightfully his and take the needle that shouldn’t prick his skin. It’s a small fault in the justice system that is not easy to overcome.
People really can’t find much more to say about this one. Almost everyone thinks that the death penalty is wrong in this way. There is probably 1/10 of the population who think that people shouldn’t have been at that place when it happened. How are they supposed to do that? They don’t know what is going to happen that night. The 1/10 of the population also thinks that if they have any kind of charges brought against, they are probably guilty. Once again, I do not agree with that saying either. They probably have turned their life around and are on the road to righteousness. They can’t help that they were young and foolish once.

The death penalty is a cruel and barbaric practice that must be eliminated from today’s society. With the many advances that society has made, executing people for crimes the person may have or may not have committed is still practiced. It violates so many religious beliefs. It is a cruel and unusual practice that must be done away with. Society must advance and eliminate the death penalty, hopefully never to come back. Our society is supposed to be one that respects life. We should not be legally killing other human beings. An execution is a public spectacle of homicide and actually endorses killing as a solution to some of our many problems. A murderer generally does not have time to think of the consequences he might have to face, because murder, in most cases, a crime of passion. The death penalty should be abolished because it wastes the taxpayer’s money, the 6th Commandment, and an innocent person could be put to death.


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.. ing wrong. What principles do you think they are going to live by? What you say, or what you do? The Death Penalty goes back many, many years. It started out as hangings, shootings, and decapitations, and moved to gas chambers, and electric chairs, and the newest-lethal injections. We may have moved up the scale with the brutality to which the sentence is carried out, but even back then, it was thought to be most immoral. Tolstoy, an eyewitness of a Paris execution in the 1800’s, states it well. When I saw how the head was separated from the body and as it dropped noisily into the basket, I understood, not with my reason, but with my whole being that no theories of the rationality of modern civilization and it’s institutions could justify this act; that if all the people in the world, by whatever theory, had found it necessary, I knew that it was useless, that it was evil. I knew also that the standard of good and evil was not what people said or did, not progress, but myself and my own heart.

(Calvert, 173) This was taken from Confessions, 1879, and though it is of an older account, the truth of the matter still holds true today. If the Death Penalty were so morally justifiable, would not the executioner’s calling be that of a honorable one? Would we not think that as a noble act to put someone to death for punishment of a crime, and would we not praise and respect executioners everywhere who have this job? Most executioners state that it is the hardest part of their job and the most dreaded if any. (Calvert 175) It is easy to see where some people might find the sentence that of moral standing though. Some people apply the “lex talions” from the Mosaic Law, which was established by the Hebrews and stood for a very long time. This basically indicates an eye for an eye.

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What one man does to another, he will have done unto him. (Calvert, 176) One can see how this might have been an effective course of action. Obviously if you do not want to loose your teeth, you should not punch out the teeth of someone else. We find all other aspects of this principle ludicrous today however! We certainty do not shoot off someone else’s leg when they have done the deed to someone else. Nor do we, (like under the Mosaic Law), execute people for gathering sticks on the Sabbath Day, or uphold the sacrifice of animals in worship as a common practice. Even under the Mosaic Code, the punishment of death was not a cool, deliberate act on the part of society as Capital Punishment is today.

Then the executioner was the nearest akin to the one who was slain and was appropriately known as the “avenger of blood”. (Calvert, 178-79) Since we are upholding the same principle of punishment, are we “avengers or blood”? I feel we are a society geared more towards revenge than justice- we tend to misplace them both, and use them interchangeably. Regardless of our actions, we do know our moralistic values, and beliefs. Many of us do lead a Christian life, which directly contradicts the policies of Capital Punishment. Many of us do not believe in Capital Punishment, yet idly stand by and allow it to happen, or even perform such duties as carrying out the sentence. Data from a twenty-year study on the development of moral judgement among American males shows that in the maturest stages of development, there is a rejection to Capital Punishment. This provides a basis for asserting the immortality and unconstitutionality of the act.

(Radelet, and Vendiver, 121) Why, then, do we still practice this? Are we too cowardly to stand up for something we feel is immoral and wrong? Do we really feel, for those of us that are Christians, that we have the right to play God and the Almighty makes exceptions to those who have to carry out the sentence because it is their job, or they make the verdict- (after all, when others are involved and aid the killing, it is considered manslaughter), when he stated the 5th Commandment Thou Shall Not Kill? Shouldn’t we, for those of us that believe, be following Jesus and trying to live like he did. When a man brought an adulterous woman to Jesus, (which was a crime that warded Death), it was her accusers that Jesus shamed, by awakening within them their own shortcomings. He dismissed her by saying “Neither do I condemn thee-go and sin no more”. (Calvert, 181) We are taught that Jesus never condones moral failure, but he never looses faith in the latent possibilities within everyone. Who are we to say if someone can be redeemed or not? Should not we be more focused on trying to save people’s souls instead of dismissing them? After all, we are taught that life is sacred.

I believe that every human spirit is infinite in worth in the sight of God, and should be in our own perception of each other. There are people out there that are committing horrid crimes and are cramping our outlook on the beautiful spirit in each human being, yet must we indulge ourselves in the very thing that is breaking down our society? I feel we should rise above, and explore new ways of gearing our society. Something is wrong when we are basing our justice system on how many jail cells there are, and how much funding we have, or how we can frighten others by taking people’s lives-good and bad. We need to be a more careful and cautious society, and more conscious of the decisions that we are making, and the ones that we are allowing to be made by our silence and passiveness. People should be punished for the crimes they commit, but people also need help.

We have a social responsibility to one another, and it is our job to try and help these people, as contrasting as that sounds, rather than just removing them from the wheel of life. Capital Punishment does not solve the problem of crime in the US, and other countries; it only puts ease into people’s minds that that particular criminal is no longer a threat to our society. We are missing the big picture though, and that is the respect for humanity, and we need to start teaching by example. Our government has a direct role in that example, and until we can find wholesome, genuine solutions to the problems that face us today, they will never go away, and our society will remain that of one based on nothing but excuses. Politics Essays.

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Electric chair, gas chamber, lethal injection, firing squad, hanging, guillotine, and garroting. When you hear these words what do you think of? Do you feel frightened? When some hear these words they tend to say, ” Oh they deserve it”.


In the court system that is not always the case. The question you always have to ask yourself is what did the accused do and do they deserve the death penalty?
What is bad enough to deserve death? Are their certain crimes that do and then some that do not? Almost every culture through out history has relied on the death penalty and capital punishment and justified as a necessary tool to maintain order. The only thing that changed throughout time were the crimes deemed punishable by death and the methods used to kill those found guilty. Some of the other countries’ laws of capital punishment seem so barbaric. In ancient India, executions were sometimes carried out by having an elephant crush the condemned’s head. Executions used to be public spectacles. In ancient Persia, one method of execution involved being eaten alive by insects and vermin. In the middle ages, methods of execution included chopping off limbs, stripping off the condemned person’s skin, boiling in oil, drawing and quartering (cutting the persons innards and then tearing the body into four pieces), burning at the stake, and crucifixion. In 1692, a man refused to testify after his wife was accused of witchcraft and was ” Pressed ” to death. The sentence was carried out by lying him on a stone floor, placing a board over him, and piling stones upon the board. Benjamin Rush, credited with the beginning the movement to abolish capital punishment in the U.S, declared in 1792 that reform, not retribution, should be the goal of punishment.

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The Bible authorizes executing those who show contempt on their parents, walk without permission on sacred ground, practicing sorcery, sacrifice in foreign gods or who prostitute themselves. In the Bible Exodus 21:12 it says, ” Whoever strikes a man a mortal blow must be put to death.”
Electrocution in the modern era. Electricity causes biological damage through both heat and electrochemical havoc. The electrical current itself abolishes the function of organs and tissues such as the brain, nerves, and heart by overwhelming the fragile bioelectrical basis of the metabolism. The voltage applied is not the most critical factor but is in fact, almost irrelevant as much as electrical pressure was a factor. The body can tolerate a lot of volts without discomfort. The type of electrical current, too, makes a difference-whether direct (DC) or alternating (AC). The latter is more dangerous and can be lethal even with low voltage and relatively low amperage. The alternating cycle of 60 per second, which is ordinary 110-120 volt house current, will invariably stop heart action through stand still or ventricular fibrillation if the body somehow becomes part of a circuit.
The gas chamber. When sodium cyanide pellets are dropped into acid beneath the seated subject in a gas chamber, extremely lethal hydrogen cyanide is produced Cyanide asphyxiates acts by choking the cells instead of blocking air intake. The gas, HCN, is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream through the lungs. The red blood cells are relatively immune to HCN. When delivered to all of the body’s cells Cyanide literally and rapidly chokes all the body’s cells to death at the same time.


Hanging proponents. Proponents of hanging as a more humane method objected to the practice of beheadingAdvocates of hanging argued that if the noose were correctly applied to the neck, consciousness would disappear quickly due to the sudden and complete blockage of blood in the head, with resultant swelling of the brain and rupture of small blood vessels. People to whom this was done too that survived swore that there was no pain before they lost consciousness. In a sense any advantages of hanging would seem to be compromised when the “drop” was added. That the drop usually resulted in the breaking of the neck and the ripping of the spinal cord, thus essentially and much more crudely duplicating the results of decapitation without detaching the head.


Lethal injection. Thiopental Sodium is a fast acting drug that produces

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