The End of Capital Punishment?

On March 13th, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsome effectively ended capital punishment in that state.  On the following day Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy for the Presidency.  O’Rourke says he would suspend capital punishment at the Federal level.  A few months ago I wrote my own views on that controversial subject.  With minor modifications, I […]

Off With Their Heads!

Over the centuries various means were used to put condemned persons to death.  Some methods were quite horrific, and they were specifically designed so that the victim would suffer long and agonizing pain before death.  Crucifixion, impalement, burning at the stake, being thrown to the wild animals, and being drawn and quartered were among those […]

Capital Punishment

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear two capital punishment cases during this session. Slowly, inexorably, capital punishment is being eliminated. Most western nations have abandoned the practice, and many American states no longer impose it.  Liberal opinion today is definitely against it, and conservatives have mixed opinions. The present situation in the United States […]