capital punishment

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Capital punishment is legal in 36 states of the US and is used for certain crimes, usually homicides

capital punishment

Sentencing a criminal to death and carrying out the sentence via a legal method such as hanging, electrocution, or lethal injection.

Patient care

Whether or not to participate in capital punishment raises challenging ethical concerns for health care professionals. The decision may need to be individually considered in the context of personal, religious, or institutional philosophies. Guidance can be gained by consulting professional position statements on roles and responsibilities, such as those promulgated by the American Nurses Association and the International Council of Nurses; various Church organizations; and State Boards that govern health care; among others.

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How much will Bush's death-penalty record hurt him at the polls?
The game then begins: Find some District Court judge or 9th Circuit justice to buy into your argument and either grant you a new trial or disregard a legitimate death-penalty verdict.
The death-penalty warden finally did honor Billy's request to meet us.
And he denied suggestions by Republican political consultants that his death-penalty proposal was driven by a desire to position himself as the most conservative Democrat in a possibly crowded primary.
Since SMU, the NCAA has treated each potential death-penalty case as an exception.
Timothy McVeigh became the 14th person sentenced to die under the relatively new federal death-penalty law, but it could be years before the sentence is carried out - if ever.
Leaders of the 370,000-lawyer organization were told that current death-penalty systems are marred by unfairness and racial injustice.
It's as long a questionnaire as I've ever seen in this county,'' said Deputy District Attorney Pete Kossoris, who is working his seventh death-penalty case.
Defense lawyers also argued Wednesday that the 1994 federal death-penalty law is unconstitutional because it considers the age and health of murder victims to be aggravating factors that juries can consider in meting out punishment.
The last two could fall under a federal death-penalty statute enacted in 1994 and would be the most legally complex to prosecute.