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Lethal injections: Are they 'cruel'?Posted Thursday, September 27, 2007, at 6:43 AM
The Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of lethal injections.
Two Death Row inmates from Kentucky complain lethal injection violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The Eighth Amendment:
"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."
Well, duhhh... Death is "cruel" when administered by a government. And note I'm not attacking the death penalty or the government by using the word 'cruel', simply stating a fact. Dictionary.com describes 'cruel' as "willfully or knowingly causing pain or distress to others."
Those absolutely proven guilty have already committed a "cruel" act of their own or they wouldn't be in a death chamber.
Should the public at large be concerned about someone who has committed the ultimate violent crime -- murder of the innocent -- being allowed to peacefully, quietly drift away into the next world? (And, remember, we don't know what punishment may be awaiting on the other side...)
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