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Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida Death Penalty Law

The Death Penalty has long been a controversial subject among many lawyers . Recently, the Florida Supreme Court struck down the death penalty law, arguing that it was an unusual form of cruel and inhuman punishment.

Florida is not the only state that has taken this position. Many states in recent decades have felt the same way about the above law; on the other hand, many of its supporters claim that there are crimes so heinous that they should rightly be punished with death, either by electrocution or lethal injection, whichever is the method used in their particular state.

The history of the death penalty has been a long, painful and bitter one, there are some who have actually witnessed the execution of a criminal with the above-mentioned means, and it has left them nothing short of being highly disturbed and disheartened. It has left indelible emotional scars that cannot be humanly erased.

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As many older Americans can well remember, at one time the death penalty was the standard for punishing hardened criminals, and most people accepted it for many years as a norm.

However, from the 1970s onward, the issue of the death penalty has become a matter of major social concern, particularly with various social rights groups, who strongly argued that the death penalty was a cruel and barbaric way of punishing incorrigible offenders, to them it smacked of the Dark Ages, when criminals and sometimes even innocent victims have been wrongly put to death by some of the most savage and brutal means used back then.

Therefore, social groups began to openly protest such methods as death by electrocution, or by the Electric Chair or by lethal injection, in which powerful chemicals were injected into the offender's body, which quickly spread, causing their physical complexion to change colors, which some witnesses described as eerie and unsettling, therefore leaving a lasting impression on their minds.

So, understandably, many people today would have a problem with the above law; they have felt that America, which is professedly the bastion of liberty and justice, and yet resort to what many consider to be savage brutal tactics that are akin to sadistic practices done to some prisoners in what is considered less civilized countries.

No, the death penalty is not an easy issue to settle, and it appears that it is not going to go away anytime soon, it is considered too controversial. As was indicated earlier, there are also strong advocates for the death penalty as well. They have felt that the punishment should fit the crime and that if the criminal has committed a heinous crime, well, then, they should rightly be punished in the same way as well.

As one can see, this is a very emotionally-charged issue, one that inspires heated debates, even physical altercations in some cases over this matter. As long as the present generation continues, there will be some who will ardently support the death penalty and there will be some who adamantly oppose it.

But be that as it may, the death penalty, as was also mentioned previously, is being 'shot down' in many states, Florida is but a recent example of such a change, which some consider to be radical.

But radical or not, the death penalty is a hot-button topic everywhere it is discussed; to this day, many people still have a major problem with it; they just can't see the logic of strapping someone down in a chair and then allowing that person's body to be wracked with thousands of voltages of electricity, before the seemingly unflinching eyes of its lurid witnesses. No, this is an issue that just won't go away.

What about you? Are you for or against the death penalty? Of course, some persons may not choose to answer that question; they may not want to even get involved. And whether they choose to get involved or not is their democratic right, on the other hand, there are others who consider it to be their democratic right to support the death penalty as well.

The death penalty-One of the most controversial subjects in American history. Perhaps no other issue, with the possible exception of the Abortion Issue, has generated such fiery discussions, even fistfights, over the above subject. But it shows that times have changed. We live in a society where many people just don't accept a law just because the government says so. They feel their are viable alternatives, and in their minds this is one of them: they don't feel they have to accept the death penalty.

And be that as it may, at least in their estimation, but whatever the case, whether you are for the death penalty or not, there is one thing that is definitely certain: This issue is not going to go away.

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