Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Annotated Bibliography

Atwood, Aaron. “Defends morality of death penalty.” Newstimes. (2010): n. page. Web. 27 Oct. 2012. .

Using the commandment as support for a claim revolving around how the death penalty is wrong is invalid; they really meant, “Thou shalt not murder”. Killing in terms of an “eye for an eye” is not immoral. The death penalty won’t deter crimes. But, criminals have been ceased to harm others when they have a gun held against their head, theoretically speaking, in self-defense. Also, the death penalty is definitely much cheaper than life imprisonment. With all that it costs the government to house inmates for life, it logically makes sense that it costs more than an electric chair session or lethal injection.

Brown, Jerry. "California Proposition 34, the End the Death Penalty Initiative (2012." Ballotpedia.org. Ballot Pedia, n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2012. .

The official summary of proposition 34 goes as follows: it may repeal the death penalty as maximum punishment for a person found guilty of murder and be replaced with life in prison. This applies also to people who have already been sentenced to death. It states that a person found guilty of murder must work in prison; their rate of pay is decided based upon victim restitution fines and orders against them. It directs a $100 million fund to law enforcement agencies to help investigations or rape and homicide cases.

Celizic, Mike. “Somer’s mom: Death penalty would be ‘fair’.” MSNBC. (2010): n. page. Web. 29 Oct. 2012.

A 7-year-old Florida girl, Somer Thompson, was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered by Jared Harrell. After 5 long months, police finally made the arrest and Diena Thompson, Somer’s mother hosted a fundraising concert called “Somer Jam” to benefit the Somer Thompson Foundation. Harrell was charged with capital crimes but it is still undecided whether he will face the death penalty or not. Police found child pornography on his computer after being kicked out of his apartment by his roommats two months before Somer’s abduction. But there was no way to predict that Harrell would commit the crime against her.

"End the Death Penalty Now!." Michigan State University. N.p.. Web. 27 Oct 2012. .

Herbert, Bob. “Convicted, Executed, Not Guilty.” NY Times. (2005): n. page. Web. 27 Oct. 2012. .

Larry Griffin was found guilty for the murder of Quintin Moss. He was executed but later found innocent. Then, a private investigation was conducted for Mr. Griffin’s execution. It was found that Mr. Fitzgerald, an eyewitness of the event, had a false testimony. This investigation is still being looked at with 3 suspects.

“Introduction to Death Penalty.” Death Penalty Information Center. N.p.. Web. 27 Oct 2012. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/part-i-history-death-penalty

The Death Penalty Information Center is a website that gives lots of information about the death penalty from the history to the reports about it. The page of which I used information was the introduction of this government action, which includes early death penalty laws and the law today. It also included the abolitionist movement and the constitutionality of the death penalty in America.

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