Capital punishment is important to talk about because it has been around for a very long amount of time.
most of the time it is something that many people disagree on and you don’t usually hear about it unless something went wrong. An example of this is when Angel Nieves Diaz was on the table ready for lethal injection on December 13, 2006 when the technicians inserted the needles into his soft tissue instead of his veins. He was struggling in pain for over 34 minutes before they tried again and succeed. The medical examiner found 12 inch chemical burns left on Angels arms during the autopsy after the execution.
The Eighth Amendment states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” To understand the effects you must know the origin that changed how we see Capital punishment today. Capital Punishment first started in Jamestown colony in 1608 but may have even been dated back to the 18th century. Punishments back then included drowning, impalement, crucifixion, and being beaten or burned alive.
In 1608 the first person was hanged for spying on the Spanish government, and was officially the first person to be sentenced to death in America. In the United States alone, 13,000 people in America have been legally executed since colonial times. During the Tenth Century, hanging was the usual method of execution, but during the Sixteenth Century, 72,000 people were estimated to have been executed during that time period. Some common methods of execution at that time were boiling, burning at the stake, hanging, and beheading. Executions were carried out for capital offenses like marrying a Jewish person, not confessing to a crime, and treason. Most facts that people use today against Capital Punishment are as follows, the death penalty punishes the poor, the death penalty is cruel and unusual itself, and finally that the justice system doesn’t recognize that the guilty have potential to change.
These topics have caused many disagreements between the different points of views. Good representation is a luxury in most cases that a large amount of people do not get to enjoy. Over 90 percent of the defendants accused and charged with capital crimes and offences cannot afford an experienced defense attorney. Most of them are forced to get inexperienced and underpaid lawyers instead because they are incapable of paying for a better one.
If you can afford a good lawyer, you probably will not end up on death row. Most capital trials are less than a week long, which isn’t hardly enough time to gather a good defense especially if you were not able afford a good lawyer. If O.J. Simpson had been poor during his trials, he probably be on death row whether he was guilty or not.
This is an example of the theory that if you have money you can pay your way out of anything.