Friday, October 18, 2013

After Man Survives Hanging, Iran Plans a Second Attempt Blog #5

As we spoke this week about crime and punishment, there was a situation in Iran where someone sentenced to death by hanging for felony drug charges. The conflicting issue is the man actually survived and the Iranian government wants to try and hang him again. Iran is going to the extent of nursing him back to health in order to hang him again which I see is a little on the cruel side but this is a country next to China in worldwide executions. As with the United States have opponents, Amnesty International are fighting for a stay for him as well as the other offenders on death row. After hanging 12 minutes, Philip Luther, director of Amnesty International’s said “The horrific prospect of this man facing a second hanging, after having gone through the whole ordeal already once, merely underlines the cruelty and inhumanity of the death penalty,” but Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has had 125 people hung mainly for drug crimes. In 2013, 508 people in Iran were hung so imagine if the United States decided to carry out this same punishment for something that we tend to over sentence our offenders and how would the media influence and presence would be. Imagine how would our society embrace the situation that happened in Iran if the USA adapted this method of punishment for crimes that could be resolved with rehabilitation. My intentions are not to glorify any type of crimes but in a democracy, we are entitled our due process and some type of fair sentencing act to avoid this. As with the mishap in Iran, there is only one reported case in US history and that was 1946 but he was later executed as well.

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