The Outspoken Oppa

Fighting for a Unified Nation

Death Penalty

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

It is imperative that the common citizen focuses on the means the government uses to protect and secure the American people. From a legal and moral perspective, there are qualms and dilemmas that need to be addressed when arguing such a controversial topic. The first being the legality of the issue. The opposition believes the death penalty is unconstitutional because it is in violation of no cruel or unusual punishments provided by the 8th amendment. However, in the 1976 Supreme Court case, Gregg V. Georgia ruled the death penalty is constitutional is small cases. Later the Supreme Court barred the mentally ill and juveniles from receiving the death penalty.

However, incidents of innocent people executed raise moral questions. According to a team of legal experts and statisticians from Michigan and Pennsylvania, approximately 4.1 percent of all executions since 1973 were proven innocent. As of 2019, because of leading DNA technology, 200 executed people were proven innocent. The majority of experts concluded this figure could be higher if DNA technology is more accessible to court cases. One innocent person killed on death row is a tragedy everyone should strive to avoid.

The only time the death penalty is permissible is when the criminal poses a large threat to the safety of America. To take an extreme example, I would argue sentencing Adolf Hitler at the Nuremberg trials to death would be appropriate because he threatened global and national security. However, because of this rarity, the death penalty should be limited to only a select few crimes. There also needs to be criminal justice reform to combat misconduct. This includes anti-corruption bills, tighter vetting procedures, and extensive federal court reviews.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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The founders of the Outspoken Oppa are also the founders of the La Cañada Charity. Every year on August 4th, we set up organized charities in Memorial park. We collect donations consisting of food, clothes, and toys. We believe in a world where every child has the opportunity to be lifted from poverty. Our mission is to provide the absolute necessities to the rising generation. We do that, by organizing charities annually across the city. We believe anyone has the capacity to revolutionize technology, pioneer science, and lead the nation. In 2018, we were able to collect 150 donations. In the 2019 charity, we obtained 1,200 donations meaning we had eight times more donations than the proceeding year. Our staff tripled over a year and we were able to reach a larger demographic. Join us in 2020 to help the homeless. Hope to see you then.

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