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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The Court was certainly correct that there had been a great reduction in the number of capital offenses,(38) but it does not follow that the reason for limiting double jeopardy principles to capital offenses no longer existed.
He was re-arrested in May 1995 and held in secret detention for 17 months until he was formally charged with a capital offense of subversion on Oct.
In some Islamic countries, a Muslim who converts to another faith can face the death penalty, and Christians who proclaim their religion are often accused of blasphemy, which can also be a capital offense.
The Mikado, the emperor of all Japan, has decreed that flirting is now a capital offense.
Aiding the enemy is a capital offense, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but the military is not seeking the death penalty.
At one point officials spoke of charging them with espionage, a capital offense, but now they are only charged with working in Iran without a proper visa.
To sentence a defendant to death, the process must begin in the guilt phase as the jury determines whether the crime is also a capital offense (78) as defined by section 13A-5-40 of the Alabama Code.
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In the context of Foucault's concept of 'analytic responsibility' in analyzing the relationship between government power and personal forms of conduct, he traces the history of the governing of air pollution in Britain since the medieval period when illegal coal-burning was a capital offense to contemporary national and transnational initiatives toward more integrated ways of understanding and governing the atmosphere.
While this is hardly a capital offense, it is an offensive example of how brazenly the law is ignored - even by the wife of the man who signed it into law.
Majak Geng Majak and Martin Samuel committed capital offense and the killing of civilians in Tambura County, so their case is due for final judgment on the 1st week of July 2009.
An Amnesty International 2008 report titled eC[pounds sterling]Love, hate and the law: Decriminalising homosexualityeC[yen] writes that the Iranian penal code makes homosexual relations (involving penetration) a capital offense.