The Death Penalty Capital Punishment

The Death Penalty is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Eighth Amendment of the United States

SECTION 14 EXCESSIVE BAIL, FINES AND PUNISHMENTS. Excessive bail shall not be required, excessive fines imposed, nor cruel punishment inflicted. (Washington State Constitution)

Cruel -- Lack of Reliability
Cruel -- Excessive Delays
Unusual Punishment
Arbitrary = Unequal
Position is Balanced
Common Good

Furman v. Georgia

William Henry Furman
Supreme Court Rulings
How to show support for the abolition of the death penalty

Alternate Position #1

The possibility of wrongful executions does not justify abolishing the death penalty

Alternate Position #2

The death penalty prevents murderers from killing again

"He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death" -Exodus 21:12, Holy Bible

Common Good over Individual Rights

Alternate Position #3

An Eye for an Eye

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