Monday, March 29, 2004

Let's Bring Back the Guillotine

Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that, potentially, presents the issue of whether lethal injection it too cruel and painful a method of execution to survive the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishments. The Court is dealing with a procedural matter at this time, but even if the case gets kicked for that reason the issue will present itself again. I'll be right up front and say that I condemn the death penalty in all its forms. But if we get to the point when the "humanity" of even the most "humane" form of execution is being questioned, maybe it's time to shelve the whole process once and for all.

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