Hammurabi's Code of Laws
1: If a man be guilty of incest with his daughter, he shall be driven from the place (exiled).
- It is so extremely wrong to have "intimate relations" with your daughter and if I could decide the punishment I would rule the death sentence for this law because it is just so terrible.
2: If he break another man's bone, his bone shall be broken.
- This is simple, don't do to others that you wouldn't want done to you. So if you don't want your arm broken don't go break someone else's arm. It should be enacted because then people wouldn't do such stupid things.
3: If any one is committing a robbery and is caught, then he shall be put to death.
- Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. We sort of do enact this law only with a less harsh punishment. But the truth is that people commit crimes thinking they will get away with it. If they get caught, they have to be able to face the consequences.4: If any man, without the knowledge of the owner of a garden, fell a tree in a garden he shall pay half a mina in money.
- This is like the second law I picked. Only it was an accident, so therefore it is fair that the person pay for the damage to be fixed but that be the only punishment. It would be unnecessary to enforce a harsher punishment.
5: If any one steal the property of a temple or of the court, he shall be put to death, and also the one who receives the stolen thing from him shall be put to death.
-It is just wrong to steal anything from a religious place of worship and same goes for the justice system. I don't know if death is the appropriate punishment for something that isn't the most extreme. But I would definitely enforce a punishment for the crime.