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Death Penalty for Minors
04-08-2010, 01:19 AM
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Death Penalty for Minors
Please respond to what he Supreme Court said when they found executing a juvenile to be unconstitutional in the Roper v. Simmons Case

This is what the Supreme Court said in the Roper v. Simmons case that made executing a person under age 18 unconstitutional

"First, lack of maturity and an underdeveloped sense of responsibility are found in youth more often than in adults and are more understandable among the young. These qualities often result in impetuous and ill-considered actions and decisions…."

"Second, juveniles are more vulnerable or susceptible to negative influences and outside pressures, including peer pressure…."

"Third, the character of a juvenile is not as well formed as that of an adult. The personality traits of juveniles are more transitory, less fixed."

If you believe juveniles should be exucted how old should they bed?

Do you think that a constitutional amendment should be made in order to allow such a thing?
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04-08-2010, 04:34 AM
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This is a good question...

I honestly don't have a good answer...in my personal opinion, I think the death penalty should be allowable if someone commits a capital offense after their 16th birthday.

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04-08-2010, 06:32 AM
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Anyone who's 13 years old, should by then know right from wrong (i mean, come on, it's common sense)

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04-08-2010, 01:53 PM
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lcsoman0117 Wrote:Anyone who's 13 years old, should by then know right from wrong (i mean, come on, it's common sense)

That's actually not true. The part of our brain the controls judgment and self-control and such similar things, doesn't fully develop until we are in our early 20s, basically meaning that although we KNOW right from wrong, we don't always have the self-control or judgment to follow that.

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04-08-2010, 09:42 PM
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I think that ONLY in severe capital crimes should a 'child' over 16 be executed. By then, if you don't know right or wrong you should be executed for general stupidity anyways Tongue

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04-08-2010, 10:59 PM
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Well this is two debates rolled into one really.

What age are you should you be legally treated as an adult, and is the death penalty acceptable.

The first is an almost endless argument, as we all know that different people develop differently, and there really is no good answer. I would probably lean to the more lenient side though, saying you probably shouldn't be treated as a full adult till you are 18, certainly not be old enough for the death penalty before then...

As for the second argument I am personally against the death penalty, society doesn't benefit from it, the victim doesn't either, there really is no need for it...

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22-08-2010, 02:15 PM
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most people who do that come from broken homes. im personally against it

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