Absolute Death With A Reasonable Doubt

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Absolute Death with a Reasonable Doubt.James Adams murdered, Mr. Adams was from Florida. William Henry Anderson, murdered. Everett Appellate, Thomas Bambrick, Charles Becker, Frank Cirofici, from New York, dead at 34, Roosevelt Collins, Sie Dawson, Vance Gardner, Will Johnson, Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Joseph Hillstrom, Harold Lamble and Charles Lewis Tucker. All of these are the names of murder victims (Radlet et al.; Bedau, Radlet 21-179). Dead! Their right to carry on life in the pursuit of happiness has been taken away. No more spending time with their families, going to work, taking a vacation, or going to school; these simple things we all may take for granted are no longer options for these people. Who knows, maybe a few left behind families with children, wives, parents. All of these lives changed forever. The most upsetting thing about this loss of life is that these perfectly innocent people whose lives were taken still have their killers walking free, alive and well. What justice is this you ask? What about victims' rights? To fully avenge the unnecessary deaths of these and many other innocent victims, we have but only one choice. Abolish the Death Penalty! These men, you see, have been proven innocent after their unnecessary and unjust executions. When it comes to taking someone's life with capital punishment the "reasonable doubt" system is terribly flawed. We as a people should eliminate the system of capital punishment until the day that such an enormous and irreversible verdict can be handed out with an absolute certainty.In 1984, Earl Washington was convicted of murdering a 19-year-old girl and sentenced to die (Frontline: Four Cases). Later it was found that police led Mr. Washington, who had an IQ of 69, into confessing. Later in his trial there was enough evidence to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and enough so that he should pay the ultimate price, death. In 1993, Virginia Governor Wilder offered life in prison rather than death to Mr. Washington. In June 2000, Governor Jim Gilmore ordered DNA testing and Earl Washington was eliminated as a possible perpetrator of the murder. From the period of 1984-2000, Washington sat on death row, with reasonable doubt, Mr. Washington we are sorry! In October 1993, a subcommittee of the United States Senate concluded: "Judging by past experience, a substantial number of death row inmates are indeed innocent and there is a high probability that some of them will be executed"(Frontline: Total System Failure). Given this inquiry from our legislature, we still try to speed up the system and kill more people, rather than prove their guilt with an absolute certainty; remember that with reasonable doubt they probably could be guilty.In...

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