Death Penalty

Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The judicial decree that someone be punished in this manner is a death sentence, while the actual enforcement is an execution. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offenses. The term capital originates from the Latin capitalis, literally "regarding the head" (referring to execution by beheading).Capital punishment has, in the past, been practiced by most societies, as a punishment for criminals, and political or religious dissidents.
Posts about Death Penalty
  • Excluded by Religious Belief

    … to provide them with gas on their honeymoon, because it went against their religion. As we said, these are arguments under RFRA and the First Amendment that certainly have not been universally accepted. However, this brings up an interesting question under Florida law, and most probably at least another third to half of the other states in the country…

    Dan Aaronson/ Benjamin, Aaronson, Edinger & Patanzo, P.A.- 9 readers -
  • Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences

    … felonies are divided into five classes. The Texas legislature determines what distinguishes a crime from a felony. Criminal law is continually amended in Texas. New crimes are added, deleted, or changed. What is now a misdemeanor may be considered a felony charge in the future by the state. Contact The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp today, if you…

    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 18 readers -
  • Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences

    … In Texas, crimes are classified as misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are minor offenses such as theft of property, or taking something valued under $20. And felonies are more serious crimes. As you might expect, the minor charges have minor punishments attach to them while the major charges have harsher consequences. For instance…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 15 readers -
  • What Are the Harshest Legal Punishments in Texas?

    … include the death penalty. Each punishment category applies to corresponding offenses. Misdemeanors Misdemeanors are among the least severe criminal acts in the state of Texas. They are more serious than a parking ticket but not severe enough to be punished with a prison sentence. They range from petty offenses to burglary or simple assault. Some…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 41 readers -
  • Competing DP Referendums May Be On the Ballot in 2016

    … Lawrence Bittaker, one of over seven hundred convicted murders who might benefit at the ballot box in 2016 California voters may face competing death penalty measures on the 2016 ballot – one that aims to have those on death row executed faster and another that would scrap it for life without parole. Both initiatives would require current…

    The Devil And The Death Penalty- 19 readers -
  • Are Murder and Homicide the Same Thing?

    …, a person who makes plans to commit murder may face the most severe legal penalties, including the death penalty. Examples of planning could include studying a victim’s schedule, staking out house or luring a victim into a trap. Preparation is a clear indication of a murderous intent. If a person wants to get revenge on someone else and then goes…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 42 readers -
  • Why Isn’t Judge Terry Hatter Front Page News?

    … and the rule of law. There are many legal parallels to the behavior of Kim Davis and the ongoing appeal of Lawrence Bittaker. Bittaker kidnapped, raped and murdered five teenaged girls in 1979 in a fashion that the DA who prosecuted both men described as “worse than Manson.” At the time of his conviction and death sentence, Lawrence Bittaker was front-page…

    The Devil And The Death Penalty- 37 readers -
  • The Legal Future of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    … and the other defendants either had their sentences vacated or died; some died by suicide. How is the death penalty administered in federal cases? It is by lethal injection but there is a stay right now because of questions about the lethal injection protocols, specifically what chemicals are appropriate to be used. There is no alternate method…

    The Devil And The Death Penalty- 40 readers -
  • Boston Marathon Bomber’s Mother’s Bizarre Rant

    … Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of thirty counts involving “using weapons of mass destruction” and “bombing a place of public use resulting in death” will reconvene on April 21 to decide whether he is to receive the death penalty or life in prison. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva’s recent statement: (Capital letters and Russian keyboard emotocons were used by Tsarnaeva…

    The Devil And The Death Penalty- 38 readers -
  • Georgia Execution Stay Is Now Called a “Botched” Execution

    … punishment. Death-penalty procedures have come under increased scrutiny nationwide in recent years. A few executions have been botched, including a high profile case in Oklahoma, as some states turned to alternative drug protocols amid a nationwide shortage of traditional lethal-injection drugs. Some pharmaceutical firms have stopped selling them…

    The Devil And The Death Penalty- 55 readers -
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