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Thread #29850   Message #381986
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
25-Jan-01 - 07:30 AM
Thread Name: Steve Earle sees a friend killed
Subject: RE: Steve Earle sees a friend killed
I was just describing what happens, hobie. Have you ever seen a picture of a poisoning execution? The person who is being killed is lying down fastened to a support, with both arms stretched out and srapped down to arms rests.

I'm sure you know that crucifixion wasn't a special way of execution just invented for Jesus. It was the standard way that the Romans used to execute people they wanted to make an example of, and other cultures have used variations on the technique. The American variation is just the most recent.

As I indicated the central thing about judicial killing isn't so much that it is inhumane, but that it degrades everyone associated with it. I imagine that is why the American Constitution has that bit about "cruel and ususual punishments".

Increasingly, apart from the USA, judicial killing is becoming restricted to a relative handful of countries with extreme repressive governments. I hope that will before too long lead the USA Supreme Court to accept that this is in fact a "cruel and unusual punishment", and therefore outlawed under the Constitution.