Is it cruel and unusual Punishment and is it Applied Equally?
Through out time, it appears that the best way society has punish death is through the killing of the killer. This is also mentioned in the Bible several times as an “eye for an eye”. In our current time, things have not changed much; revenge for murder is still strong. However, in the U.S., repaying death through death is done through the legal system. This is what is known as capital punishment.
Ever since capital punishment was initiated, there have been many problems in terms of its continuality. Is the death penalty constitutional? This has been a question that Supreme Courts Justices have wrestled with for a really long time. The main constitutional question in terms of capital punishment is found in the Eight Amendment, which pretty much talks about the concept of cruel and unusual punishment.
Capital Punishment can be agreed upon, as the most severe punishment in which it takes away something that is the most valuable to man, life. A commonly presented argument is that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. Not only that, but it is also a violation of the Eight Amendment. I believe that capital punishment is morally unjustified and too extreme and therefore should be abolished. The reaction to murder that capital punishment provides demonstrates the seriousness of murder. It shows that the state and its people do not take murder lightly but rather than they regard it as a monstrous crime that a severe punishment must be sentenced to serve justice.
At one point in history, it could have been argued that the death penalty was cruel because it was carried out through hangings and electrocutions, neither of which are a pretty ways to die. More recently, some convicts on Death Row have attempted to prove that lethal injection can be considered cruel, even though this complain has not gotten very far.
During the 1970s, the case of Furman vs....