- Jul 31, 2003
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Execution doesn't violate the 8th amendment. (The 6th deals with the issue of a "speedy trial" and to be confronted by your accuser.)hardheadjarhead said:Given that the 6th amendment forbids cruel and unusual punishment, why euthenize him?
As the supreme court has decided on a few occasions....
While the imposition of death is constitutional per se, the procedure by which sentence is passed must be so structured as to reduce arbitrariness and capriciousness as much as possible.
That being said, many of the "alternate" methods of punishment mentioned here probably would be considered "unusual".Capital Punishment .--In Trop, the majority refused to consider ''the death penalty as an index of the constitutional limit on punishment. Whatever the arguments may be against capital punishment . . . the death penalty has been employed throughout our history, and, in a day when it is still widely accepted, it cannot be said to violate the constitutional concept of cruelty. 50 But a coalition of civil rights and civil liberties organizations mounted a campaign against the death penalty in the 1960s, and the Court eventually confronted the issues involved. The answers were not, it is fair to say, consistent one with another.