- capital + punishment, originally by beheading or decapitating (Wiktionary)
“These two authorities, as well as Sir William Blackstone, refer to the favourable results which followed the abolition of capital punishment in Russia by the Empress Elizabeth and the continuance of the same policy by her successor, Catherine III.”
“Among the clauses of this agreement were some providing for the safety, good-treatment and exchange of prisoners; the abolition of capital punishment against deserters apprehended in the ranks of the enemy; the inviolability of lives and property in the sections tentatively occupied by the troops of the two armies; and the burial or incineration of the bodies of the dead on the field of battle.”
““If this is true, Dante Halleyville, who faces capital punishment and whose trial begins in forty-eight hours, has put his life in the hands of someone who is not even a lawyer.””
“Writing at later dates upon this subject, Joseph John Gurney says: “I cannot say that my spirit greatly revolts against life for life, though capital punishment for anything short of this appears to me to be execrable.””
“Voltaire, in his commentaries on the treatise of Beccaria, emphasizes his opposition to capital punishment by saying,”
“In spite of an able and thoughtful speech by Hurstwood, the motion “That capital punishment is an error on the part of the State” had been lost by seventeen votes to three.”
“He had never gone to a political demonstration until 1960, when as a graduate student at Berkeley he participated in a huge outcry against capital punishment led by Marlon Brando and other celebrities after Caryl Chessman, who had kidnapped two women and forced them to perform oral sex, was sentenced to death for his crime.”
“Suddenly the political establishment, the same people who would defend capital punishment in the Chessman case the following year, were appalled by state executions.”
“Secondly, in the course of the last couple of days we've had conversations which have ranged across capital punishment and the Bali Nine, the Balibo Five, people smuggling, and a range of other things which in the past if they'd been discussed or been made public would have rocked the relationship.”
“Dr. Thacher, who witnessed the proceedings, wrote, “It is most painful to reflect that circumstances should imperiously demand the infliction of capital punishment on soldiers who have more than a shadow of plea to extenuate their crime.””
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