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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DURING Ellis's trial the jury was barred from considering whether she had acted under provocation and might therefore be guilty of manslaughter, rather than the capital offence of murder.
They said: "Kidnapping is a capital offence in Iraq and we understand some of our captors could be sentenced to death.
Kidnap for ransom is considered a capital offence in the Philippines.
Unfortunately, individuals are encouraged at present to plead guilty very rarely in the case of murder, possibly for historical reasons because it used to be a capital offence.
The single count in the charge that accused Senior Airman Ahmad al-Halabi of ``aiding the enemy'',a capital offence, was dropped, as were counts that dealt withe-mailing information about Guantanamo detainees and committing espionage by transmitting information to unauthorised recipients.
In future any breach of Shadow Cabinet confidentiality will be regarded as a capital offence.
I REMEMBER when murder was a capital offence and people paid the ultimate price for taking a life.
Provocation was developed at a time when murder was a capital offence, as a concession to human frailty which could excuse a man losing his self-control.
The flattery failed, and so Dodd resorted to forging a bond for pounds 4,000 - then a capital offence.
TORY justice spokeswoman Eleanor Laing's staggering greed should be a capital offence.
The first was the longest murder trial in England and Kelly became one of the very few men to be tried twice for a capital offence .