Capital Punishment

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Pro Capital Punishment Cary Ann Medlin, an innocent eight-year-old little girl, loved to swim and ride bicycles. She took ballet lessons and went to church on regular basis. On one peaceful Saturday afternoon, Cary went for a bicycle ride around her neighborhood like every other child. Robert Coe, who probably had known her father, drove a car and somehow had persuaded Cary to shown him where she lived. That was also the last time Cary was seen alive. The next day, a tipster called the police and hinted to them where they could find Cary's body. To the family's horror, Cary's defenseless body was found at the outskirt of Greenfield, Tennessee, beaten, raped, strangled, and stabbed in the neck. (Loggins) After Coe testified against himself, he received a death penalty for murder and two life sentences for kidnaping and rape. After 21 years of trial and appeals, Robert Coe's time finally came to an end; in fact, he was the first man ever to receive lethal injection in 40 years in Tennessee.

Even before his execution, he neither showed remorse nor apologized to Cary's family. Indeed, this is a success story of justice, but it does not always seem to be a success. For example, in 1975, four years before Cary's murder, Coe was accused in Florida of raping and murdering Jim Marable's daughter, who was 19 at the time of her death. Although he was accused, the law was unable to keep him behind bars; instead, he went looking for his next victim, Cary Medlin. (Loggins, 5+) John Rawls stated, "Punishment is justified on the grounds that wrongdoing merits punishment. It is morally fitting that a person who does wrong should suffer in proportion to his wrongdoing." (Hinman) According to Rawl's philosophies, a person who commits a crime...

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