Although most countries have renounced the death penalty, a similar punitive measure has been adopted in the legal systems of some countries to date, but this article deals little with the legal aspects of the death penalty. Let’s talk directly about the death penalty process and the technical side of this practice.
Early forms of the death penalty included hanging (a practice still practiced today), beheading, and numerous other methods that greeted the sentenced person in a cruel, long, and painful manner.
Over time, where the death penalty has persisted, the legal system has begun to focus on humane methods of punishment. For example, beheading and public murder are rare.
However, modern methods of execution, such as anesthesia and special injections, may not be as painless as we might think.
What does loyal punishment mean?
The US is one of the countries where the death penalty is a legal punitive measure. Interestingly, the US Constitution restricts “cruel” forms of the death penalty. This is why the most commonly used method of execution in the US is to inject a lethal dose of an injection into a convict.
On October 1, 2019, Russell Buckley was sentenced to death in the United States for kidnapping and raping his then ex-girlfriend (Stephanie Ray) and killing Stephanie’s then-partner. Buckley was sentenced to death in 1996.
It should be noted that before the death penalty, Bakliu demanded that he not be punished by lethal injection. Baklio claims that due to his medical condition, the injection death would have been very painful for him and that his constitutional right would have been violated if he had undergone a standard punitive procedure.
Baklio appealed to the Supreme Court. In the latter case (5 votes to 4), the court concluded that the injection murder would not have been “brutal” and that Bakliou could not prove that his medical condition would have resulted in an “unusually painful” death.
If Buckley won in court, he would likely be killed in a gas chamber. This form of punishment is used if lethal injection cannot be given for a variety of reasons.
Bakliu’s lawsuit raises an important question in this case. In particular, what is meant by humane murder? And what forms of death are “unusual” or “cruel” as spelled out in the US Constitution?
Unusually unusual, the form of painless and/or humane death is not universally defined. Moreover, this issue is much debated. No one knows exactly how a person feels at different times of death. Determining this is not so simple. We cannot ask a dead person how “painless” his death was.
Consequently, the understanding of humane death has changed over time. For example, the death penalty is banned in the United States. The last case of public execution in the United States was recorded in 1936.
The publicity of the death penalty has nothing to do directly with the humanity of the death penalty process. However, this practice was rightly terminated because it was considered “inhumane”.
It turns out that the humanity and cruelty of death are determined more by changing social norms and policies than by tangible scientific reasoning.