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Capital Punishment

Bigger than Lowercase Punishment

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What is it?WE DON’T EVEN KNOW!

O “Execution of an offender sentenced to death after conviction by a court of law of a criminal offense.” (Concise Encyclopedia)

O Limited to high crimes

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HistoryO First evidence: Hammurabi of BabylonO Britain’s taste for blood influenced

colonies and worldO First American execution: Jamestown,

1608

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History of The ShireO 1800s: Capital punishment is widely

challenged as cruel

O 1953: Rosenbergs are first civilians executed for treason

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There and Back AgainO Furman v. Georgia (1972): Supreme

Court rules Georgia’s death penalty unconstitutional

O Gregg v. Georgia (1976): Revised death penalty supported

O 80s – 90s: Grim Reaper restrictedO 2013 Gallup Poll: Death penalty

support at all time low (60%)

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A Divided NationO Legislation concerning Capital

Punishment has taken the national stage at various times

O Federal stagnation State’s Decision

O 32 states still practice death penaltyO Trend favors abolishing it

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A Divided LawO Largest controversy: Should

criminals convicted before capital punishment’s abolition be executed? O New Mexico, Connecticut, and

Maryland

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“It’s a pack of lies!!”-D. Gates

O Proponents claim capital punishment is more economical

O In fact, is astronomically more expensive O Capital trials, enhanced security on

death row, and legal representationO Since 1978 California has spent 4 Billion

on Capital punishment for only 13 executions.

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Where’s the Party at?

O Split over issue no strong stance

O Large opposition at base

O Largely in favorO Strong stance

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Not All Democrats are the Same

Click my face, I promise

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Interest Groups Interested in Abolition

O Amnesty International: Education and campaigning around the world

O National Coalition to Abolition the Death Penalty: Advocacy and legal support

O American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): “inherently violates the Constitution”

O Education, Litigation and Advocacy

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O Support the death penaltyO (One of the few, the proud)

O Victim’s right to justiceO Deterrent to crime

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