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    Can I get some guidance on the following below:

    1. 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?

    2. Then, individually, write a commentary either in support of or contrary to this notion. Support your opinion using outside sources (be sure to cite them). Please include other references used. Reference: Black, H. C., Nolan, J. R., et al. (1991). Black's law dictionary (abridged 6th ed.). St. Paul: West Publishing Co.

    Thank you.

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    Please see response attached, which is also presented below. I also attached one perspective in the form of questions and answers to consider. I hope this helps and take care.

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    1. 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? Then, individually, write a commentary either in support of or contrary to this notion. Support your opinion using outside sources (be sure to cite them). Please include other references used.

    Have you given this debate some thought? Have you given this debate some thought? Let's argue that the death penalty is arbitrary and fits with Black's Law Dictionary defining ...

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    This solution debates the following: "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?" Supplemented with an extra resource on the debate. References are provided.

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