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 penalty of death by stoning violates international human rights standards, including prohibitions on torture and cruel and unusual treatment, and should be abolished.
Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are executed, with the crime carrying a maximum penalty of death by firing squad.
If found guilty, she faces a maximum penalty of death by firing squad.
Prosecutors in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak formally requested a penalty of death by hanging for Mubarak and several of his fellow defendants Thursday, an attorney at the court said.
bishops' 2005 statement "A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death," the theologians' statement says that while church teaching does not outlaw capital punishment, it recognizes that there are now other ways to "protect citizens from threats to the common good."
"Harsh penalty of death is required in some cases, especially this one, and the court would be sending a wrong signal to society if any penalty less than death is given," the court said.
The seven are jointly charged under a firearms law that carries a mandatory penalty of death by hanging.
The prosecution demanded the maximum penalty of death but the judge gave all 12 life sentence, which is the first sentence in Oman given to pirates operating from foreign soil.
Those imams who preach that leaving the Muslim faith requires a penalty of death, or those who advocate honour killings, should be considered guilty of murder as any of their flock who commit the act.
The court found that the penalty of death was cruel and unusual punishment, in part because teenagers are irresponsible, immature and susceptible to peer pressure and often are capable of rehabilitation.
A police spokesman said the charges they faced included insurrection, which carries a maximum penalty of death.
Insurrection, the legal equivalent of treason under Thai laws, carries a maximum penalty of death or life imprisonment.