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In 1599, a Spanish governor in early colonial Ecuador was executed by having molten gold poured down his throat. Do you think the modern death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment?

In 1599, a Spanish governor in early colonial Ecuador was executed by having molten gold poured down his throat. Do you think the modern death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment?
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  • Some criminals deserve death

    Considering the ways that people were put to death in earlier times, the way that we execute criminals in the modern times is hardly cruel and unusual punishment. The way that executions are carried out are actually very humane, such as safety protocols and using clean needles in the case of lethal injection.

  • No, the modern death penalty is not crule and unusual punishment.

    The modern death penalty - death by lethal injection - is not cruel and unusual punishment when it fits the crime. The modern death penalty compared to previous forms of the death penalty is not even that cruel. Even in more recent times, criminals sentenced to death had to face hanging, a firing squad or the electric chair. When a criminal is administered lethal injection, he is actually put to sleep before the lethal doses go into his system. In short, no, the modern death penalty is not cruel and unusual punishment.

  • The modern death penalty is not cruel and unusual punishment

    The modern death penalty is not cruel and unusual punishment. In the past, a Spanish governor in early colonial Ecuador was executed by having molten gold poured down his throat, which would qualify as cruel and unusual punishment. In modern times, drugs are used so the death comes about painlessly.

  • No, the modern death penalty is not cruel and unusual punishment

    No, the modern death penalty is not cruel and unusual punishment. The death penalty is appropriate for significant number of crimes. In fact, the death penalty is too humane for people who commit certain crimes. The fact that in 1599, a Spanish governor in early colonial Ecuador was executed by having molten gold poured down his throat shows that the death penalty could be worse.


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