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TAIDebate09
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studentathletechristian8
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Death penalty

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/5/2009 Category: Politics
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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TAIDebate09

Pro

Do you think the death penalty should be legal even now
studentathletechristian8

Con

I thank my opponent for starting this debate and the readers for this opportunity.

**I would like to note that as The Instigator and Pro, my opponent has the Burden of Proof to prove that the death penalty should be legal. If I am able to prove otherwise, then the resolution shall be negated.**

I would like to start off by defining key terms:

death penalty- a sentence of punishment by execution; capital punishment.

murder- the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law.

*"Death penalty" may be replaced with "capital punishment" throughout the argument because they have the same meaning.*
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Opening Statement:

The death penalty violates our constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment and the guarantee of due process of law and the equal protection of laws. The enactment of the death penalty serves to be inconsistent with fundamental values of our democratic system. Capital punishment does not deter crime, and it is uncivilized in theory and unfair in practice.

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I would like to quote my opponent:

"Do you think the death penalty should be legal even now"
I am taking the Con side of this debate, so I shall defend that the death penalty/capital punishment should not be legal, even now.

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Contentions:

I. Discrimination and Racism:
a)In 96% of the states where there have been reviews of race
and the death penalty, there was a pattern of either race-of victim
or race-of-defendant discrimination, or both. (Prof. David Baldus report to the ABA, 1998).
b) 98% of the chief district attorneys in death penalty states are
white; only 1% are black. (Prof. Jeffrey Pokorak, Cornell Law Review, 1998).
c) A comprehensive study of the death penalty in North Carolina found that the odds of receiving a death sentence rose by 3.5 times among those defendants whose victims were white. (Prof. Jack Boger and Dr. Isaac Unah, University of North Carolina, 2001).
d) A study in California found that those who killed whites were over 3 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who killed blacks and over 4 times more likely than those who killed Latinos. (Pierce & Radelet, Santa Clara Law Review 2005).

II. Deterrence:
a) According to a survey of the former and present presidents of the country's top academic criminological societies, 88% of these experts rejected the notion that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder. (Radelet & Lacock, 2009)
b) Consistent with previous years, the 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report showed that the South had the highest murder rate. The South accounts for over 80% of executions. The Northeast, which has less than 1% of all executions, again had the lowest murder rate.

III. Financial Factors:
a) The California death penalty system costs taxpayers $114 million per year beyond the costs of keeping convicts locked up for life. Taxpayers have paid more than $250 million for each of the state's executions. (L.A. Times, March 6, 2005)
b) In Kansas, the costs of capital cases are 70% more expensive than comparable non-capital cases, including the costs of incarceration. (Kansas Performance Audit Report, December 2003).
c) In Indiana, the total costs of the death penalty exceed the complete costs of life without parole sentences by about 38%, assuming that 20% of death sentences are overturned and reduced to life. (Indiana Criminal Law Study Commission, January 10, 2002).
d) The most comprehensive study in the country found that the death penalty costs North Carolina $2.16 million per execution over the costs of sentencing murderers to life imprisonment. The majority of those costs occur at the trial level. (Duke University, May 1993).
e) Enforcing the death penalty costs Florida $51 million a year above what it would cost to punish all first-degree murderers with life in prison without parole. Based on the 44 executions Florida had carried out since 1976, that amounts to a cost of $24 million for each execution. (Palm Beach Post, January 4, 2000).
f) In Texas, a death penalty case costs an average of $2.3 million, about three times the cost of imprisoning someone in a single cell at the highest security level for 40 years. (Dallas Morning News, March 8, 1992).

IV. Public Opinion:
a) The May 2006 Gallup Poll found that overall support of the death penalty was 65% (down from 80% in 1994). The same poll revealed that when respondents are given the choice of life without parole as an alternate sentencing option, more choose life without parole (48%) than the death penalty (47%).
b) A 1995 Hart Research Poll of police chiefs in the US found that the majority of the chiefs do not believe that the death penalty is an effective law enforcement tool.

All of these contentions are directly from this source: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org...
If you can't pull the file up, the maincenter for death penalty information is: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org...
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I shall now provide my own, original contentions:
(I will keep them short and sweet because many of the contentions above use sources I would use to prove these points)

I. Cruel and Unusual: The death penalty goes against the eighth amendment. It is cruel and unusual due to the uses of various forms of execution. Even lethal injection can bring hours of pain when it does not function properly.

II. The right to life and killing: Everyone has the right to life. It is immoral and unethical to take the life of someone. The death penalty kills the convicted and levels the government with the perpetrator. It teaches the old "eye for an eye" theory. However, an eye for an eye makes the world go blind. The death penalty encourages more uses of killing the convicted and does not set a healthy example for society.

III. Innocence: There are still cases where the convicted was actually proven innocent, but after the execution was finished. There is margin for error and the death penalty does not give back a life that may be innocent.

IV. Actual Punishment: The death penalty does not give the convicted the best form of punishment. Capital punishment ends the life of the convicted and he/she finds himself/herself getting out of trouble in a relatively painless way. Life in prison is a real punishment for the convicted: it gives him/her an especially long time to think about his/her shame and the way he/she ruined his/her life.

This shall be all for now. I thank my opponent for the debate and the readers for this opportunity. I await a rebuttal.

*P.S.* This is my own argument I created from one of my other debates. My previous opponent did not refute my points correctly, so I kept my same argument. I just wanted to clarify this is still my own, original argument.

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Sources:

1) http://dictionary.reference.com...
2) http://dictionary.reference.com...
3) http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org...
4) http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org...
5) http://users.rcn.com...
Debate Round No. 1
TAIDebate09

Pro

TAIDebate09 forfeited this round.
studentathletechristian8

Con

My opponent has forfeited the previous round and has failed to provide a single argument.

Extend all arguments.

I heavily urge a Con vote. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
TAIDebate09

Pro

TAIDebate09 forfeited this round.
studentathletechristian8

Con

My opponent has essentially forfeited every round of this debate and has failed to provide any argumentation.

My opponent was online two hours ago, so he was well-informed that an argument was due. Before he logged off several hours ago, he posted an argument for another debate of his, so he obviously did not care much about this debate to post one.

Extend all arguments.

I heavily urge a Con vote. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by mas22 7 years ago
mas22
i see no problem
Posted by studentathletechristian8 7 years ago
studentathletechristian8
Would it be acceptable if I took my first round argument from another debate I just recently had covering the same topic? My opponent in that debate did not refute my points well, and I would like to see if my new opponent can.
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