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The Death Penalty and Jared Lee Loughner

Missouri Confederate Wrote: Aug 09, 2012 11:48 AM
The Constitution forbids "cruel and unusual" punishment not 'cruel or unusual'. Both criteria must be met to exclude it. Although some people would consider hanging within a year of pronouncement of sentence cruel it is not unusual based on our country's history.

Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to 19 counts involving a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 13 others, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounded. As part of the deal, Loughner will receive a sentence of life without parole. Victims' families have been spared the rigors of a trial, and prosecutors can be sure that Loughner will never again endanger the general public. Thank the federal death penalty, which applied because Loughner shot people at a federally protected political event.

Defense attorney Gerald L. Shargel wrote on The Daily Beast that though it would have been...