The Death Penalty Opens Up The Floodgates Essay

935 Words Apr 18th, 2016 4 Pages
According to a recent University of Michigan study, four percent of those sentenced to death are innocent (Gross, O’Brien, Hu & Kennedy, 2013). Though four percent may seem small in comparison to the number of legally guilty criminals who receive the punishment, as a 2014 Forbes article points out, “very few false convictions are discovered in the justice system” (Lopatto, 2014). Further, that four percent of individuals are still living human beings who deserve some sort of justice for the actual lack of justice received in the trial proceedings. Unfortunately though, even if those on death row are able to produce evidence suggesting or affirming their innocence per the Supreme Court ruling of Herrera v. Collins, it doesn’t matter (Capital Punishment In Context, n.d.). This particular case found that even if a defendant provides evidence that shows actual innocence, their case is not entitled to review. Therefore, the death penalty opens up the floodgates for the factually innocent to be executed—which ultimately violates the defendants right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Furthermore, the death penalty was previously ruled as unconstitutional in the Supreme Court case of Furman v. Georgia (Capital Punishment In Context, n.d.). During this case, The Court found that the death penalty in practice was cruel and unusual, especially in cases where discrimination against a defendant’s race, religion, wealth or social status is present. One recent example of the…

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