Capital Punishment has long been debated. The Medina incident in Florida raises the issue: does the use of the electric chair constitute cruel and unusual punishment? Medina was a criminal tried and juried recommended to the death penalty for murder conviction. A.C. Soud, a circuit court judge in Jacksonville, Florida, does not believe electrocution rises to the level of cruel and unusual punishment. On the other hand, the “Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as an inherently cruel and unusual form of punishment and violation of fundamental human rights.” (Human Rights Watch) The Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Rogars Worthington, a Chicago Tribune writer also believes the electric chair takes advantage of social, natural, and legal entitlements proven in the Tribunes article: “Electric Chair: How ‘Cruel and Unusual?’” There are crimes that should be punishable by death; however, I do not support that death be administered by the barbaric means of electrocution: it is cruel and inhumane. In many electrocutions, not just Mendinas, many things have gone wrong. This is one major thing Soud does not talk about in his article. “Since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S. in 1976, there have been at least 10 visible blotched electrocutions, including the 1997 electrocution of Pedro Medina in Florida”(Human Rights Watch). Soud rules that “The fire and smoke during the Medina execution was the result of the dry sponge laced onto the brace electrode burning almost completely due to a lack of saline solution in that sponge”(Soud 356). What Soud lacks to mention in his article are the other electrocutions that have malfunctioned. William Vandiver, Steven Judy, and Jesse Tafero were few out of many criminals that were claimed by the mistrials of the electric chair. William Vandiver, in 1985, took seventeen minutes to die from Indiana’s electric chair. Seventeen minutes is far beyond how long the execution should have been. On average scientists assume it takes about five minutes for someone to fully be deceased by means of electrocution. Rapist-killer Steven Judy, 1981, was sentenced to electrocution and had 2,800 volts applied to his body. “The jolt burned a hole in his temple and smoke came out of his head…”(Worthington). An electrocution case closer to home for Soud that he could have identified would have been the Florida case of Jesse Tafero in 1990. Much like Medina, “6-inch flames burst from the hooded head…” (Worthington). “State officials said an artificial sponge, a poor conductor, had been placed between Tafero’s head and the metal headpiece that carried the electricity” (Worthington) causing the error, the same exact issue Medina had when he was executed. Soud rules that the electric chair should be used, where in reality he has only examined the Medina case execution and has no right to make such a ruling. If Soud wants to make an opinion on this broad and serious subject he needs to look at all the broad facts and situations, not just one. Soud Jr. believes getting rid of the electric chair shouldn’t be an option, but do to barbaric ways it shouldn’t be used at all. Soud sticks to generally one case where the electric chair doesn’t work properly and the viewing is more gruesome than a normal electrocution. Still in a logical state of mind, even a normal electrocution is barbaric. Retired Supreme Court Justice William Brennan states, “The force of the electrical current is so powerful that the prisoner’s eyeballs sometimes pop out. The body turns bright red as its temperatures rises and the prisoners flesh swells and his skin stretches to the point of breaking. Sometimes the prisoner catches on fire… and the sickly sweet smell of burning flesh permeates the chamber” (qtd. Washington). Robert Hammerle a witness to the Gregory Resnover electrocution states that “he felt as if he was…
In Aristotle’s eyes, a “Human Being” is anyone with a “Vegetable” (Aristotle P24) Soul, which is a being that takes in nutrients and can grow, a Sensate Soul, which is a soul that can “[experience] sensations” (Aristotle P 25) such as touch, and the last soul is the “Rational” soul, one that is “either active or passive: passive in so far as it follows the dictates of reason, active in so far as it possesses and exercises the power of reasoning” (Aristotle P 25). When it comes to the issue of abortion…
worst fashion “I believe that a man or woman, who works hard and builds a business that become an empire should be allowed to flourish and prevail as long as he/she do not infringe on the rights of others.
Well that holds true for nations as well, as a great state combined in union, mustn’t infringe on the rights of other for the sake of justice in especially such that causes dissension among the people. With the death penalty we as a nation have done just that, our justice system is flawed in it…
penalty, and why we should not have the death penalty. But the facts remain that there are many issues in our handling of capital punishment, and the statistics prove that not only does the death penalty not do what it is supposed to, but Life in Prison without parole is an equally effective practice to prevent repeat offenses. The death penalty has become an outdated form of punishment and society needs to move past it.
The actual cost of executing someone is monumentally more expensive than the price…
Death Penalty: Right or Wrong?
Death Penalty: Right or Wrong?
One main question regarding whether the United States should apply the death penalty as a form of punishment is a heated debate in American politics. The topic is so divisive because it deals with death, which is permanent. Life is valued in every society, and when life is taken away, emotions rise. Most human beings maintain a strong underlying fear of death, so they…
enforced with cruel and inhuman punishment. Extreme fear by an army to achieve a goal whether it be political or in search of power is known as military terror (Smallman 5-27). This is a tactic that the Brazilian army has used both historically and currently. All throughout the twentieth century the Brazilian army has tried to hide their use of force and terror on prisoners and civilians’.
Military and police violence has affected the people of Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil (“World Geography…
say that the death penalty is an excellent thing, but it violates human rights, teaches the condemned nothing, and does not deter crime.
With every argument there is an opposing side. There are people who are for the death penalty just like there are people who are not. Those who are for the death penalty may say that it does not violate human rights. They say that it is not torture, and that it is because of the respect for human life that the death penalty is important. They argue that if someone…
Reasons we study economics
1. Resources are scarce
3. Capital: anything that can be touched (computers, machines, etc.)
2. Human Wants-Unlimited
Efficiency: Getting the most out of your products
Opportunity Cost: of an item is what you give up to get it.
Rational People: systematically and purposefully do the best they can to achieve their objectives, given the available opportunities
Marginal Change: to describe a small incremental…
Capital punishment is one of the most argumentative subjects in the world. There are many aspects to this issue and different stances on if it is right or wrong to take the life of someone who has been accused of killing someone. For those who believe that convicted murderers and rapist should be given the opportunity to get away with just a slap on the wrist, are complete idiots. There are many cases all over the world where a convicted murderer was set free and takes it upon himself to go on…
century if it had not been for the colonial policy of segregation and the
later policy of apartheid? Give reasons for your answer.
In a previous unit you encountered the perception that old money is
more “respectable” than new money, and that the “right” furnishings and
house can increase your status. In the case of the Mbeki’s, whatever old
money they had had clearly disappeared. However, is there a sense in
which the oak table highlighted here is indeed a marker of high status in
the new South…
English Composition II
Women human’s rights are violated daily around the world. No matter, the race or age many women endure mistreatment. Women in many countries like Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive or simply go out without a male chaperone, or in Afghanistan who are imprisoned for “cheating” on their husbands. Women are subjected to rape and sexual abuse by co-workers, police officers, soldiers and family members. Girls in countries like China…