A Deadly Penalty

Woodlin Julien


In January, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in a case known as Hurst v. Florida that it is unconstitutional for Florida judges alone to impose death sentences, without the recommendation of 10 out of 12 jurors. The article talks about how the state of Florida is dealing with a mixture of drug shortages, poorly executed executions and legal changes in how death sentences can be imposed. The death penalty itself is a very controversial topic.

The supreme court made a decision and the state, which in this case is Florida, will be making a number of important choices, including what to do with the nearly 400 death sentences that have been unconstitutionally imposed in the state. One way or another the state of Florida has a problem that it can’t ignore and must make a decision on. This week we talked about how judicial review has changed the constitution. The Supreme Court has made a decision and now it’s up to the state of Florida to decide whether it will “either declare Hurst v. Florida to apply retroactively, in which case most people on death row will be removed, or it will continue to execute people despite the fact that we now know that they were not fairly sentenced to death,” reports Dunham.

This is a very significant problem. I would like to see the death penalty gone completely; I think it’s unconstitutional and just morally wrong regardless of the crime a person has committed. Killing someone is just too easy.  I would much prefer taking away their freedom and make them miserable. Have them think of the wrong they have done for the rest of their life.



One thought on “A Deadly Penalty

  1. Julien,
    I absolutely agree with your opinion of the death penalty and what should happen with the case. The people wrongly accused shouldn’t have to die so that people who are actually “needed” to be put on death row get what they deserve. However, the whole “eye for an eye” concept is a little medieval times and i agree that we should just make them miserable for the rest of their lives. The number of death sentences that have been unconstitutionally imposed in the state made me gasp in disbelief. This case absolutely needs to make a decision in others best interest and not in the thinking of “it’s what they deserve”.


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