Death Penalty Justification
Is the death penalty ever justified? The death penalty should ever be an option. Violence is defined as behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.
The death penalty is violent. When the death penalty is used in the United States as a punishment, people are killed by either lethal injection, electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, or fire squad. If someone committed murder using any of these punishments it would be considered evil, unjust, and illegal. However, many people believe that it is okay for the government to do this to their people. People arguing against this, tend to argue that if someone can kill, they deserve to be killed. What many of them don’t know is that murder isn’t the only crime that can be punished with the death penalty. In 6 states, people can be sentenced with the death penalty for some form of sexual abuse. Some people also testify that sexual abuse is deserving of the death penalty. It is not. Little children are taught that two wrongs do not make a right. Therefore this leaves a question, why are people going against what they are teaching their children?
The worst part of the death penalty is sometimes someone is innocent, but blamed for a crime they did not commit. Later, the innocent person is killed and new evidence shows that they were actually innocent. In the past 35 years, four percent of people who were sentenced with the death penalty are innocent. Therefore, no one can ever be sure that the person being sentenced is guilty. If we continue to sentence people with the death penalty there are innocent people in the future that will be killed.
In fact, Greg Wilhoit was a victim. On June 1, 1985 Wilhoit’s wife was brutally murdered. He obtained a lawyer. Sadly, his lawyer was an alcoholic. Since he had alcohol related brain damage, he did not work on the case as well as he could. Wilhoit was found guilty because of a dentist claiming that it was his dental marks on her. He was sentenced to the death penalty. The judge told him that he was to die by lethal injection. “But if that fails we’ll kill you by electrocution. If the power goes out we will hang you. If the rope breaks we’ll take you out back and shoot you.” exclaimed the judge. Greg Wilhoit was proven guilty even though he was innocent. Even if he did do that however, it is not fair to kill him. If what he did was wrong, then why is it right for our government to do? If someone shot someone else the person could be killed for it. Why are we doing the same thing? An innocent man was killed.