Ohio and Capitol Punishment

On March 6, 2013, Ohio executed the Fred Treesh making him the 50th person to die by capitol punishment.  Treesh was convicted of murdering Henry Dupree in 1994 during a drug spree killing.  Treesh walked seventeen steps from his cell to the death chamber where he was put to death by lethal injection.  The entire execution lasted sixteen minutes from injection to death.  Outside the building waited a hearse to transport his body out of the prison to his next of kin.

This execution was used as a documentary for the DARE program to educate the youth about the death penalty and deter crime in Ohio.  During one point in Treesh’s interview, he stated to a reporter, “if it helps one person, it’s worth it.”  That statement can only be true if the state where you committed this heinous crime believes in the death sentence.  If not, you’ll live in jail until your heart stops beating.

Capitol punishment is a sensitive issue since this is the only punishment that is irreversible.  Once someone has been put to death, there is no bring him / her back.  This form of punishment cannot be taken lightly and must be carried out impartially.  Race shall not play a role when handing down the death penalty.

I want to believe this system is perfect and unfortunately this isn’t the case.  That small margin of error makes me think twice about this form of punishment except in cases where evidence is beyond, beyond, I mean beyond a reasonable doubt.  When and only when we know with 100% certainty the person convicted of murder is guilty, should they pay the ultimate price.  This is a necessary evil that we, law-bidding citizens, have as a deterrent from those perpetrators who pray on the weak.  Life is the most precious thing on earth, yet we must ensure those who commit murder(s) are no longer allowed to live among us.

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3 thoughts on “Ohio and Capitol Punishment

  1. It is almost impossible to be 100 percent sure that someone is guilty of the murder. Capital punishment is determined based on the degree of the murder. Obviously someone is convicted of involuntary manslaughter is not going to receive the death penalty -hopefully. The point of capital punishment is to bring justice to the crime(s). Because we can never know for sure, do we want a system that has killed and will probably kill more innocent people? To make a valid argument in support of the death penalty, one must be willing to accept that innocent people will die. Putting yourself on death row in that situation and accepting the consequences of this kind of system are the only ways to make a succinct argument. If this hypothetical is not accepted then you have failed to make a good and consistent argument.

  2. With today’s technology, such as DNA analysis we are more certain than ever if a certain individual committed such crime. Not all crime scene contain DNA samples but when evidence is beyond a reasonable doubt and contains collaborating evidence, then we must convict. The death penalty is only a deterrent to murder not an end all be all answer. I have no doubt in my mind that we have put to death one person not guilty of the crime and that is shameful. I only pray the DA and the evidence team are honest and put forth a truthful case.

  3. I personally disagree with the death penalty because as mentioned before it is impossible to be 100% positive someone did a crime even wit DNA. If there was ever such a way I would agree with the death penalty but that is exactly why I find this story interesting. Someone who is about to dieing on the death penalty is actually supporting it. He knows what he did and the consequences. He wants to be the example. It might be a last attempt to be a “hero” but he wants to teach DARE students if they do drugs bad things will happen. And society that there are big punishments for big crimes. It can almost seem like an unconventional inspirational story.

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