Do the current death penalty sentences fit the definition of arbitrary?

Black’s Law Dictionary defines arbitrary as “…in an unreasonable manner, as fixed or done capriciously or at pleasure” (Black et al., 1991). In light of that definition, if the death penalty was outlawed for being arbitrary based on the lack of guidelines, does it stand to reason that current death penalty sentences fit the definition of arbitrary?

Individually, write a commentary either in support of or contrary to this notion. Support your opinion using outside sources (be sure to cite them). This position paper does not have to reflect the opinions of the entire group.

Reference

Black, H. C., Nolan, J. R., et al. (1991). Black’s law dictionary (abridged 6th ed.). St. Paul: West Publishing Co

 

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