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By David Stout The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 on Wednesday that sentencing someone to death for raping a child is unconstitutional, assuming that the victim is not killed. "The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court.
WASHINGTON _ A closely divided Supreme Court on Wednesday prohibited states from executing those who rape children but don't kill their victims, retaining limits on the death penalty that have been in place for more than 30 years.
By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - A play reliving the detention of Guantanamo Bay prisoners is to be staged in the British parliament by human rights activists bidding to push their plight up the political agenda.
Execution by electrocution, started in the United States, is an execution method in which the person being killed is strapped to a specially built wooden chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the body. Although its use is in decline the electric chair has become a symbol of the death penalty even though it was only used in the United States and briefly in the Philippines. The goal of the chair was to incapacitate the organs of the body in order to cause death. This was done...
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