The death penalty is often attributed to very serious crimes in nature. These types of crimes are called death sentences because they serve the death penalty. Some of these crimes are murder, treason, treason crime, armed robbery, kidnapping, etc.
Section 33 of the constitution guarantees every citizen the right to life. It ensures that people living in Nigeria have the right to life and that no one is deliberately deprived of their life unless a criminal court sentence for which they have been found has been executed.
If you've ever been in a courtroom and saw a judge handing someone a death sentence, then you may have noticed that the judge broke the tip of his pencil. In this article, we will examine how this tradition started and why.
It can be traced back to British History when judges broke the tip of their pen after convicting a person. The rationale behind breaking the tip is largely conventional, not because of any established rule that enforces it.
There is no law that authorizes judges to break the ends of their pencils after giving the death sentence. However, there is quite a bit of theory given to this traditional practice by judges.
One theory sees breaking the tip as a symbolic act. It is made so that the pen used to end a person's life is not used to do so again.
According to another theory, the tip is broken so that after writing or signing the death sentence, the judges have no power to review or reverse the decision made.
There is also a theory that sees breaking the tip as an act by judges to distance themselves from judgment and the guilt that comes with it.
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