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Hammurabi's Code Essay

  • Submitted by: koko80501
  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: History
  • Length: 682 words

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Lesson 5 Assignment

1. If anyone ensnare another, putting a ban upon him, but if he cannot prove it, then he that ensnared him shall be put to death.
3. If anyone brings an accusation of any crime before the elders, and does not prove what he has charged, he shall, if it be a capital offense charged, be put to death.
5. If a judge tries a case, reaches a decision, and presents his judgment in writing; if later error shall appear in his decision, and it be through his own fault, then he shall pay twelve times the fine set by him in the case, and he shall be publicly removed from the judge's bench, and never again shall he sit there to render judgment.
My interpretation of Hammurabi’s first code is if someone catches another person and puts a restriction on him and cannot prove what he has restricted him for, the one that caught him will be executed. I don’t believe this law is good for a couple reasons. First of all, no one should be executed for not being able to prove or provide information of their innocence. I believe it is unreasonable to kill someone for this reason and there is no justice in doing so. I also believe this law is unfair due to the fact that there is no actual way of knowing if the person is innocent or no, if they cannot provide evidence. I feel this law should not be used today. I believe this because even though you cannot affirm what has been done, it does not give anyone the power to send someone to their death. If this was the case many innocent people would be going to their demise. I also believe the one who caught this person would be just as guilty for the accusation, especially if it is a false one. Death as a result of punishment for this law is unfair and should not be used in society today.
My interpretation of Hammurabi’s third code is if someone takes another to a superior and has accused him of any unlawful act, but cannot prove what he has accused, he will be executed if it was a major wrongdoing. I...

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