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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(51.) See Stephen McCallister, Death-Penalty Symposium: A Court Increasingly Uncomfortable With the Death Penalty, SCOTUSBlog (June 29, 2017), http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/06/death-penalty-symposium-court-increasingly -uncomfortable-death-penalty/ ("The Supreme Court this term demonstrated its continuing and increasing discomfort with the death penalty, at least as that sentence is often imposed in America.
A recent Columbia University study found that in two out of three death-penalty appeals, higher courts discovered serious mistakes that required them to overturn convictions.
Meanwhile Congress, seemingly unaware of the surprisingly high rate at which federal courts reverse state convictions in death-penalty cases, is aggressively eroding safeguards against mistaken executions.
"But in many ways, it's a classic death-penalty case--ambitious prosecutor and an overworked and underfunded original defense attorney without any real capital-case experience."