The Death Penalty: ‘The Conviction’
It was midnight when it all happened. Tom Peterson was sleeping in bed next to his wife after a tiring day at work, while his two little daughters slept in the next room. Suddenly he was violently awakened by the terrified screams of his wife only to get a glance of a huge man standing over him with a butcher's knife. Tom was stabbed thirteen times, one of his daughters was killed and his wife was severely injured. Now, the Peterson family has just exited the supreme court of justice in which the judge has condemned the murderer of their little girl to the death penalty, for as it turns out the Peterson family had not been the first victim of this murderer.
Unfortunately, the Peterson's case is not unique. Their case is only an example of one of a million crimes that are committed daily in which the death penalty could be applicable to punish the perpetrators and therefore stop them before they attack, kill, rape, or rob another victim. However, not all of the murderers or serial killers are captured; and most of the time, it takes many years to get enough evidence to give closure to their innocent victims and their families.
I am interested in the subject of the death penalty because I am scared that one day what happened to the Petersons may happen to me or to one of my loved ones; and if it did I would want justice to be imparted.
In my extract, I will provide you with information that illustrates the benefits of the death penalty and why it should be used in some cases.
I will first offer you a brief history of the death penalty, then discuss grounds for justifying it, and finally dispute some of the popular arguments against it.
Let us first look at the history of the death penalty. The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C., and stated that it could be carried out in punishment of 25 different crimes. Death sentences were carried out through crucifixion,...