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The Ends Justify The Means: Wrong Is Wrong

1746 words - 7 pages

Mercedes Briscoe




Wrong is Wrong

Saying that “the ends justify the means” is an invalid statement , those agreeing with this statement obviously believe that killing, stealing, and cheating does not matter as long as it has a good outcome and the goal is obtained.The phrase “the ends justify the means” refers to the morality of an action,which basically means “A good outcome excuses any wrongs committed to attain it.” (End Justifies the Means, the). This topic is among the most controversial subjects discussed today.

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Capital punishment is one of many political issues debated today .According to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)“The capital punishment system is discriminatory and arbitrary and inherently violates the Constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment. The ACLU opposes the death penalty in all circumstances, and looks forward to the day when the United States joins the majority of nations in abolishing it.” (American Civil Liberties Union). Those supporting capital punishment believe that killing someone is the right thing to do, considering the fact that the act of killing someone is how the person receiving the punishment got into the situation. Going through with capital punishment is just as bad as the assault and murder committed by the criminal. The saying goes “Two wrongs don’t make a right”; which is accurate a hundred percent. Yes, the person who has harmed and killed other people has now become immune to the pain brought upon his or her victims, but is it right?If the government is killing people out of revenge, then it is inferred that the citizens under the security of the government will do the same as well. In the end capital punishment doesn’t alleviate anything;it simply exacerbates the problem creating more than enough violence. The victims families might feel a sense of completion, but at the end of the day the death of a criminal doesn’t change anything. Although the victims families experience some form of completion, they are still left without the presence of their loved ones. In other words the death of a criminal doesn’t matter at all, so why go through the trouble of killing them? In reality not only is the lost of morals displayed by the government, but money is wasted. The process of killing someone receiving the death penalty is very costly. Instead of wasting money on killing people, impoverished and homeless people could be assisted with that money.As reported by the DPIC (Death Penalty Information Center) “Defending a death penalty case costs about four times as much as defending a case where the death penalty is not sought, according to a new study by the Kansas Judicial Council. Examining 34 potential death-penalty cases from 2004-2011, the study found that defense costs for death penalty trials averaged $395,762 per case, compared to $98,963 per case when the death penalty was not sought. Costs incurred by the trial court showed a similar disparity: $72,530 for cases with the death penalty; $21,554 for those without. Even in cases that ended in a guilty plea and did not go to trial, cases where the death penalty was sought incurred about twice the costs for both defense $130,595 v. $64,711 and courts $16,263 v. $7,384, compared to cases where death was not sought. The time spent on death cases was also much higher. Jury trials averaged 40.13 days in cases where the death penalty was being sought, but only 16.79 days when it was not an option. Justices of the Kansas Supreme Court assigned to write...

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