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Aguing over methods



Published: Mon, October 30, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Texarkana Gazette, Texarkana, Texas: The latest battle in the war on the death penalty is the charge that lethal injection is cruel and unusual, therefore a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The goal for those advocating the theory is the same: abolition of the death penalty. But instead of arguing the death penalty itself is wrong, opponents now attack the method.

Capital punishment is an emotional issue. Some see it as vital for preserving law and order. Some say it is simply just punishment that fits the crime -- an eye for an eye.

While there is no method of execution that would be welcomed by those to be executed, simply being strapped to a gurney and going to sleep is worlds away in barbarism from hanging, cyanide gas, electrocution or the firing squad.

There will never be a form of capital punishment that is not cruel and unusual to those who oppose the death penalty. Nor, one speculates, one that is too severe for those who favor justice served Old Testament style.




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