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Synthesis Essay

Synthesis Essay

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Published by: RaShawnThurman on Apr 04, 2012
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RaShawn ThurmanENG 1102Atkins V. VirginiaBefore I started conducting my research, I was extremely biased when it came to theAtkins V. Virginia case. When I first heard about the case, I had no idea how to feel. A piece of me did not want Atkins to get off free of charge. If he had something to do with a murder and akidnapping, that person should be punished. The death penalty may not have been my immediateanswer, but it all depended on the severity of the case. I did not think it was feasible for someonewith a mental disorder to just get off scotch free just because he has a mental disorder. Soon afterI began my research on the case, I started to feel differently about it.
 Death Penalty Cases
 cleared my biased opinions on the case, maybe for the best.In
 Death Penalty Cases,
it states the “execution of mentally retarded criminals are crueland unusual punishments in violation of the Eight Amendment” (p.255).
I assumed that thismeant that no matter what the mentally disabled person committed, he would get off because of the fact that he had mental disability. According to
Death Penalty Cases,
the mentally retarded
who meet the law’s requirements for a criminal act should be tried and punished. But however if 
they do not act with the same moral characteristics, it jeopardizes their case (p. 255). Incomparison
 Dead Wrong
, the lawyer feels almost the same way. He believed that if one waslegally documented as someone with a mental disorder and commits a crime, they should havedifferent type of trial then someone who has nothing documented. I agree in this sense because if someone has a mental disorder, they are not able to control their actions to a certain extent; but inthis particular case, Atkins did not deserve the death penalty or the amount of prison time he wasawarded.

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