capital punishment


: punishment by death : the practice of killing people as punishment for serious crimes
an opponent of capital punishment

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Recent Examples on the Web Federal capital punishment cases take years, and Torres-Garcia’s case is early in the process, the attorneys said. Sandra McDonald, Miami Herald, 31 May 2024 The Islamic Republic has a long history of using capital punishment to deter political unrest. Anna Gordon, TIME, 29 May 2024 And in the decades after the Holocaust, Jews were presumed to be against capital punishment. Tim Arango, New York Times, 13 May 2024 Amid a shortage of lethal injections made available for capital punishment, the state has turned to nitrogen hypoxia as another potential option. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 9 May 2024 In recent years, the Supreme Court has held that the Eighth Amendment prohibits juvenile life without parole and capital punishment for those who committed offenses as juveniles. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2024 In his view, this causes capital punishment to violate due process. Ron Matthias, The Mercury News, 20 Apr. 2024 The death penalty has amassed widespread public support in Japan, with a 2019 poll of citizens showing that over 80% of respondents believed capital punishment was necessary. Chad De Guzman, TIME, 15 Apr. 2024 Smith is to be the first convict executed by the state in 2024 and Oklahoma's 12th execution since capital punishment resumed in 2021. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 4 Apr. 2024

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