Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment


"He who sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for in
the image of God was man created."(Genesis 9:6) "Anyone who by violence causes
a death must be put to death."(Exodus 21:12) "But should any person dare to
kill another with deliberate planning, you will take that person even from my
altar to be put to death."(Exodus 21:14)
Capital Punishment can be described as a the punishment of death for a
very bad or heinous crime like murder. Not all states have got capital
punishment, otherwise known as the "Death Penalty." The states which do not have
this type of punishment are Alaska, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine,
Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West
Virginia, and Wisconsin. The remaining states do have some form of capital
punishment ranging from hanging, firing squad, electrocution, gas chamber, and
lethal injection.
If somebody killed someone they would not automatically get the death
penalty, there are several circumstances that a judge, jury, and prosecutioner
must look at to see how bad the crime was. In some states if you kidnap someone,
and do heinous things to them, you could still be eligible for the death penalty.
Each state which carries a death sentence has got their own requirements that a
person must meet to decide whether they get life in prison, or the sentence of
death. Below is each state which carries a death sentence and the requirements
that a person must meet and be convicted of in order to receive the death
sentence.
In Alabama in order to receive the death penalty you must murder during
a kidnapping, robbery, rape, sodomy, burglary, sexual assault, or arson. Also,
someone would get the death penalty if they murdered a peace officer,
correctional officer, public official, or murder under a life sentence. They're
many more but they are kind of useless to my paper. In the state of Arizona,
the only way you could receive the death penalty was if you committed first
degree murder and had one of ten "aggravating" factors associated with the
murder. In Arkansas you must kill someone with arson, kill a law enforcement
officer on purpose, a teacher or school worker, kill a prison worker, a jail
attendant, correctional worker, or someone who is in the military. Also if you
are a hit man, otherwise known as contract murder. In California you must
commit treason, which are acts to try to overthrow the government, homicide by a
prisoner serving a life term, train wrecking, and lastly perjury causing
execution. For Colorado, it is almost the same as Arkansas but it also includes
referees and judges. In Connecticut "murder of a public safety or correctional
officer, murder for pecuniary gain; murder in the case of a felony; murder by a
defendant with a previous conviction for intentional murder; murder while under
a life sentence; murder during kidnapping; illegal sale of cocaine, methadone,
or heroin to a person who dies from using these drugs; murder during first-
degree sexual assault; multiple murders; the defendant committed the offense(s)
with an assault weapon."(AOL1) For the state of Delaware murder with
aggravating circumstances, "including murder of a child victim fourteen years of
age or younger by an individual who was atleast four years older than the
victim,"(AOL1) and the same like killing police officers or other peace people.
In Florida you must "commit felony murder; first-degree murder; sexual battery
on a child under age twelve; destructive devices which result in death, and
capital drug trafficking."(AOL1) In Georgia its about the same with the
exception of hijacking an airplane when someone dies. For the state of
Illinois, if you commit first degree murder with atleast only one of fourteen
aggravating circumstances, you will be sentenced to death. It seems hardest to
get the death penalty in Indiana because you must murder someone and include all
fourteen aggravating circumstances. Kansas is roughly the same as in Colorado
but if you killed two people in the same incident you will most likely get the
death penalty also. In Kentucky, you could possibly get the death penalty
without even killing someone if you kidnap someone and there is an aggravating
factor, also if you murder with only one aggravating factor. In Louisiana, all
you have to do is murder someone or commit treason. In Maryland, "commit first
degree murder, either premeditated or during the commission of a felony."(AOL1)
Mississippi's death penalty is exactly like this: "capital murder includes
murder of a police officer or correctional guard, murder under life sentence,
murder by bomb or explosive, contract murder murder committed during specific
felonies which include (rape, burglary, unnatural intercourse with a child, and
nonconsentual unnatural intercourse); and murder