Cross examination- Death Penalty?

hey there!

i really need help, as i am doing a debate on the death penalty.

I need help thinking of questions for this cross examination

I am on the negative side, and believe the death penalty should not be legalized in canada

if you could give me some questions to trump the "Pro" side that would be wonderful!

thanks! :)

4 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    A good place to start is

    Click on ideas for research papers and debates.

    You have the easier side of this. Ask them if they realize that murder rates are way higher in the US, which has the death penalty.

    Ask them if they've looked at the death penalty system in action in the US.

    Fill them in on it. You'll have to turn these into questions:

    The worst thing about it. Errors:

    The system can make tragic mistakes. Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for setting the fire that killed his children, based on what even the Texas Forensics Science Commission acknowledges was junk science. Modern forensics has shown the fire was accidental, not arson. We’ll never know for sure how many people have been executed for crimes they didn’t commit. As of now, 140 wrongly convicted people on death row have been exonerated. DNA is rarely available in homicides, often irrelevant (as in Willingham’s case) and can’t guarantee we won’t execute innocent people. Capital juries are dominated by people who favor the death penalty and are more likely to vote to convict.

    Keeping killers off the streets for good:

    Life without parole, on the books in most states, also prevents reoffending. It means what it says, and spending the rest of your life locked up, knowing you’ll never be free, is no picnic. Two big advantages:

    -an innocent person serving life can be released from prison

    -life without parole costs less than the death penalty

    Costs, a surprise to many people:

    Study after study has found that the death penalty is much more expensive than life in prison. Since the stakes are so high, the process is far more complex than for any other kind of criminal case. The largest costs come at the pre-trial and trial stages. These apply whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death.

    Crime reduction (deterrence):

    The death penalty doesn't keep us safer. Homicide rates for states that use the death penalty are consistently higher than for those that don’t. The most recent FBI data confirms this. For people without a conscience, fear of being caught is the best deterrent.

    Who gets it:

    The death penalty isn't reserved for the worst crimes, but for defendants with the worst lawyers. It doesn't apply to people with money. Practically everyone sentenced to death had to rely on an overworked public defender. How many people with money have been executed??


    People assume that families of murder victims want the death penalty imposed. It isn't necessarily so. Some are against it on moral grounds. But even families who have supported it in principle have testified to the protracted and unavoidable damage that the death penalty process does to families like theirs and that life without parole is an appropriate alternative.

  • 8 years ago

    Two words: Stephen Truscott.

    Enough said.

    (In truth, there a lot of good reasons to oppose the death penalty, but Truscott personifies one reason so singularly compelling and unassailable that he alone is virtually a guarantee that Canada will never legalize the death penalty again.)

  • 8 years ago

    show corruption and incompetence of the judicial system.

  • 6 years ago

    Me too!! HELP ME

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