Hello everybody!

I was wondering something about the US, who has the right to sentence someone to death? The court? The judge?

Thanks in advance!:D
None of them Pucca. According to my research paper and the informations there, capital punishment even doesn't have a deterrent efect.
Hello Doll!

No one? But the death penalty is allowed there!:S
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Capital punishment in the United States is officially sanctioned by 37 of the 50 states, as well as by the federal government and the military. The overwhelming majority of executions are performed by the states; the federal government maintains the legal power to use capital punishment but does so relatively infrequently.

After criminal defendants are convicted of a capital crime, typically capital murder, they receive a separate capital sentencing hearing, which takes the form of a trial-like proceeding on the issue of punishment. When the party is tried by jury, only the jury is permitted to make the decision whether to sentence a convicted murderer to death. Although a jury must find the defendant eligible for the death penalty, the United States Supreme Court has held that a judge may make the ultimate discretionary decision between life and death...

Full article from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_penalty_in_the_us
Well it used to be allowed in Turkey too. I hope they will stop this soon.
Thank you, Tam Sadek for the link!:)

It was really interesting!:D
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DollWell it used to be allowed in Turkey too. I hope they will stop this soon.
Yes Doll, I hope so!
when you`re talking about that topic, please read the book "the innocent man" by john grisham. it deals about it and is really astonishing what happens in the us. incredible how the story (by the way, it is non-fiction) tells you about the life in the dead cell, about the thoughts that are occuring in your mind...........as an innocent guy. really amazing. worth a try. not a typical story by grisham
The innocent man, I don't think I would like it, but I'll add it to my list of "books to read":D. Thanks!:D
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