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The Death Penalty and Criminal Law in the 1930's

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Ashmita Grewal

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of The Death Penalty and Criminal Law in the 1930's

Ashmita Grewal
Alyssa Grzesiak
Hallie Nichols
Justis McEachin The Death Penalty and Criminal Law in the 1930's Death Penalty The death penalty is only given for capital crime. At one point the death penalty was given in all 50 states. However, today only 33 states use the death penalty. The death penalty is used for cases of murder and treason. Death Penalty;
Black vs. White The Death Penalty in Colonial America The death penalty was originally given for the thievery of grapes, killing chickens, and trading with American Indians because these acts were outlawed nationally. The Eighth Amendment The Plea of Clarence Darrow "When the public is interested and demands a punishment, no matter what the offense, great or small, it thinks of only one punishment, and that is death."
"... When the public speaks as one man it thinks only of killing..." Most of the people who decide whether or not the death penalty was given were Caucasian. Factors that explain why blacks were more likely to receive the death penalty was because of the racism going on during this time period. Alabama
Georgia Idaho
Missouri Montana
New Hampshire
North Carolina
Oregon Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Wyoming The death penalty is used for only the most gruesome of offenses. Many people were against the use of the death penalty for each and any crime, as it was being used at the time. Clarence Darrow was one of the many who voiced his opinion of the death penalty, a voice that none could ignore. His reasoning saved his charges, two boys who plead guilty for murder, from getting the death penalty, instead receiving life in prison. At the conclusion of the case resulted in the two boys NOT being sentenced to death for their committed murder. The eighth amendment states that any cruel or unusual punishment is against the law. Therefore, the death penalty, being the intentional murder of a human being, would be considered the highest form of cruel and unusual punishment. The End
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