This research paper addresses the following issues regarding capital punishment: Are convicted defendants easily convicted and sent to death row because they cannot afford high dollar lawyers? Is there a moral difference when the state kills as opposed to an individual? Should punishment be based on “eye for an eye” edict or the one that says to “turn the other cheek”?
For the purposes of this paper, research is focused mainly on the United States.
Regarding the first issue, Amnesty International quoted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, who in February 1994 stated that “the death penalty remains fraught with arbitrariness, discrimination, caprice, and mistake”. The quotation preceded an article