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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cruel and Unusual Punishment


Well now, yall know I am big on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Of course the eighth amendment prohibits the use of cruel and unusual punishment. As with the second amendment, the left has slowly but surely over time chipped away at the eighth to the point that murderers, mother rapers, father rapers (for all you Arlo Guthrie fans), are given no more than what amounts to a slap on the wrist for their dirty deeds.

I read about a court in Saudi Arabia that had upheld a punishment of beheading and crucifixion against a man guilty of raping 5 children and leaving one of them to die in the desert. Yeah, I guess crucifixion sounds pretty cruel (at least the way the Romans did it), but you gotta realize that in the Saudi context it simply means hanging up the DEAD body for all to see. The actual death is caused by decapitation.

What exactly is cruel and unusual? I guess that's a matter of debate. From the birth of this country and up until almost recently, death by hanging was a widespread and accepted method of execution. If done by a short drop method and by an experienced hangman, death was instantaneous, nothing much cruel about that, and certainly not unusual. During the same time, the French were lopping off heads with the guillotine. Messy yes, but again, with instant death, not cruel, and at least for the French certainly not unusual.

So what to do with someone who rapes 5 children and leaves one for dead? I think removing his miserable head and hanging the headless corpse pretty much fits the crime. I agree with the Saudis on this one.

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  1. I agree too. Some Middle-Eastern punishment really is cruel and unusual. Burying them up to their necks, then stoning them... Mostly women get this treatment. Also skinning alive, chopping of one bit of the body at a time while the person is still alive...

    Deborah F. Hamilton
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