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Is a government court that sentences someone to death a legitimate or illegitimate use of power?

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June 12, 2015 2:15PM

Execution, or capital punishment, as a form of punishment for a person who was convicted by a legitimate court has been used by most societies. Most countries have abolished it some have not. Some states in the United States have abolished it and some have not. Capital punishment is considered a controversial issue. In countries where human rights are not adhered to and all the citizens do not have equal rights under the law or execution is used for political purposes then it may be considered an illegitimate use of power.