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Death Penalty Affirmative
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Lethal Injection – The most common method used to execute an inmate and it involves injecting one or more drugs into a person (typically a barbiturate, paralytic, and potassium solution) for the express purpose of causing rapid death. A number of botched executions, and a rising shortage of suitable drugs, had some U.S. states reconsidering lethal injection as a form of execution
LWOP – Life without parole – The most likely alternative to a death sentence is having the person spend the rest of their life in prison. The criminal sentence does not include an option for parole.
Methods of Execution – The primary means of execution in the U.S. have been hanging, electrocution, the gas chamber, firing squad, and lethal injection. The Supreme Court has never found a method of execution to be unconstitutional, though some methods have been declared unconstitutional by state courts.
Moratorium – A temporary suspension of executions. There have been many historical periods where the death penalty wasn’t used by the federal government. For example, until 2020, the federal government hadn’t executed anyone since 2003. Many states have moratoriums on the death penalty even though it is still technically and constitutionally allowed.
Precedent – A precedent is a principle or rule established in a previous legal case that is either binding on or persuasive for a court when deciding subsequent cases with similar issues or facts.
Prosecutorial leeway – The federal government has the authority, under the Commerce Clause, to prosecute crimes committed at the State level. The expanded and expansive federal criminal jurisdiction makes virtually every homicide potentially punishable by the federal government (even if the State doesn’t allow the death penalty).
Retribution – A theory of justice that seeks punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrongful act.


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