Published 19 Jun 2017

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Divergent to myriad anticipations, the applicability of the death penalty in the United States has imperatively reduced with the turn over into the twenty first century. Whereas most Americans held the misconception of the increased capital punishment especially when the Bush administration took the whims of power and the subsequent rampant fear of terrorism, nonetheless, this has not was not pragmatic. Based on the research findings carried out in 2006, execution dropped exponentially in the US as many states wrestled with the anomalies associated to unlawful certainty and the toxic inoculation practice. The statistics of death sentences and the size of death row also went down, Amnesty International (2000); societal prop up for the death sentence has also noticeably abridged. New Jersey became the frontiers in endorsing a cessation on the death sentence by amending a legal framework. The death sentence structure was ratified by the help of an appointed commission that was inclined to the axiom of banning capital punishment. In Illinois, the suspension of the capital punishment continues for seven years consecutively. In New York law makers rejected the move to re-instate the capital punishment, which was suspended in 2004.

North Carolina as well as California have until recently embarked on a comprehensive findings and review of their capital punishment system, although death penalty has not been stopped. Generally, the yearly number of culprit’s capital punishment has become low in three decades. In the early 90s the death penalty was at 300 per year, this fact and figures however, dropped towards the end of the 20th century to about 180 persons yearly. According to findings established by the bureau of justice death sentence in 2005 was at 128 in comparison with 138 cases that were recorded the previous year. Dicks, S. (2003). This paper is centered on the state of Wisconsin, one of the 12 states that scrapped off death penalty from her constitution for over one 150 years despite recorded horrific felonies committed by criminals for instance; the dreaded killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer. It is apparent that most capital punishment supporters are coming up in favor of the legal code that would enable the death sentence to see the light of the day.

Wisconsin Capital Punishment

Death sentence is retributive punishment that implicitly connotes the fact inclined on philosophy an eye for an eye; thus punishes the person that are convicted for homicide charges with the same measure. Last year, voters brought the capital punishment to reality for Wisconsin juries; however surveys have indicated that people still are not in favor of this kind of system.

Capital Punishment as voted by the Jury.

Based on the Wisconsin law, it is the obligation of the jury to impose capital punishment. To begin with the jury establishes the guilty defendant of the felony charged. The capital punishment must be a probable sentence for the committed crime. On the other hand the jury has no mandate to impose the capital punishment on persons found guilty of a particular felony for which the death sentence is not accessible as castigation. Dicks, S. (2003).
Judges Discretion on the Capital Punishment

Subsequent to the jury’s strength of mind in determining if capital punishment has to be subjected, the jury’s decision is granted upon the Wisconsin Circuit Court jury that presides upon the audition. This is the point where the judge can acknowledge the jury’s verdict before enforcing the death consequence, and institute the jury’s pronouncement out-of-the-way and compel capital punishment at his or her prudence. Research findings have shown that the former Chicago, Illinois criminal defense lawyer was on the fore front of defending persons on the death sentence list in the state for quite a long period of time. Dicks, S. (2003).

Liberated Preliminary Session.

Attorney’s at Van Wagner promulgated their toll free lines for Victims that are still under killing scrutiny, or already charged with homicide, convicted but still believe their convictions or punishment was unlawful they could raise the Attorney locally in Madison on phone 608-284-1200 and explain their cases. Dicks, S. (2003).

The Attorney’s grant a clear-cut, honest, brief but professional free first-impression evaluation of the case against a suspect so that one has the audacity to make significant pronouncements about one’s justification. According to New York (IPS) the Wisconsin society has not by any chance upheld the notion to endorse laws that would empower state authorities to execute persons. Nonetheless, citizens of the mid-western state seem to be shifting their position. Wisconsin senate voted by a constricted margin in may endorse Wisconsites to vote on the referendum in bid to reinstating the death penalty. The capital punishment Advocates have been indicating that the approach to enact death sentence is an opportunity for the citizens to make choices, although opponents of death sentence have argued that this is an instrument that conservative lawmakers have always wanted to employ for opinionated gains. Wisconsin is ruled by a democratic governor that in not for death sentence,, however its legislatures are dominated by the Republicans, that are agitating for the repeal of the capital punishment. Alan Lasee a republican Senator that has been pushing for the restoration of capital punishment for 30 year is convinced that Wisconsin citizens are in favor of the death sentence. Lasee and his associates have cited that serial killings committed in recent times are concrete reasons that should lead to the re-institution of the death sentence, which is perceived strongly as a cardinal disincentive against grave felonies. Lasee inclines his support in respect to a survey conducted in April 2008, by the local public radio station in conjunction with St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin where more than 60 percent of the votes were in favor of the capital punishment referendum. Dicks, S. (2003).

Nevertheless, the critics were not opposed to the findings; they were however concern with the ulterior motives harbored by Republican’s to return death sentence. According to Christopher Watson of Amnesty International’s Wisconsin the pronouncement is one sided one since its politically provoked. In the face of the heightened sponsored public opinion in favor of capital punishment, most Democrats are in opposed to the projected appraise. Civil society awareness lobby groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are by now combating the referendum, Amnesty International (2000).

The members affiliated to the ACLU and all the opponents of capital punishment will be balloting in November to maintain the state sanctioned killing from being re-introduced. Capital punishment was abolished in Wisconsin 1853, five years after it become a member of ACLU in 1948 as a rejoinder to the citizen revulsion over a public execution of a man that had drowned his wife in Kenosha town. Amnesty International (2000); It is now over a century and a half ever since an individual was executed in Wisconsin state, and so it’s not imperative according to its opponents who are mostly Democrats. Leading faith-based groups like the Jewish Conference and the Catholic Conference are among the civil communal lobby faction that is in opposition to the re-introduction of the capital punishment. Ackerson, K (2002).

The capital punishment opponents have cited in defiance to their counterparts Republicans that no research proves the illusion that death sentence curtails felonies. According to research, Southern states have both the highest homicide cases and also capital punishment. In contrast, the statistics indicate that homicide is low in the northeast demographical backdrops with a percentage of 1% of the collective death sentence. Dicks, S. (2003). To date out of the 5.3 million persons living in Wisconsin are of the European decency, whereas, minorities are African-Americans. According to critics the endorsement of the capital punishment would squarely punish the African American’s and the poor minorities since the poor lack the resources to secure themselves. Dicks, S. (2003).


In conclusion, the reduction in the applicability of capital punishment in the U.S. is an indication of the international patterns that are shifting away from death sentence. The jagged diminution on capital punishment in the U.S and the rationale for the dramatic shift should affect those that want to challenge capital punishment in the future. The societal reflective skepticism in regard to the capital punishment is centered on pragmatic concerns. Not even the proponents of the capital sentence would want to see the innocent blood being executed. Dicks, S. (2003). More American states are doing away with capital punishment. The motion over the significance of international law at the Supreme Court level has been intense, although the majority of the Court seems to be willing to consider parallel developments in other countries when determining the cases. Ackerson, K (2002). The emergency of the new voices has been a powerful pattern that has been challenging death penalty. With capital punishment emanating from diverse regions; the ACLU, Supreme Court Justices like Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and associates, Former Attorney General, prominent personalities, sports figure and those entire legislature that voted for death penalty have vehemently criticized the punishment in respect to its glaring injustices. Ackerson, K (2002).


  • Ackerson, K (2002). An exploration of legal and clinical factors in the evaluation of the competence of death sentence. University of Minnesota. Page; 120-128
  • Amnesty International (2000); United States of America: Letter to the President on Capital punishment. NY: AI; Page; 100-110
  • Dicks, S. (2003). Lobby groups condemning Capital Punishment. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books; Page 78-98
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