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#44 Jul 27, 2011
The article reads: "It was a form of torture that exposed Broom to the prospect of a slow, lingering death, not the quick and painless one he was promised and to which he was constitutionally entitled."
The Constitution forbids "cruel and unusual punishment". No where does it promise or entitle "quick and painless" punishment. But Broom's attorney has somehow cracked the secret code of James Madison and George Mason -- they SAID cruel and unusual, but they really meant quick and painless. Of course a murderer back in 1800 would have about a week between sentence and and being hanged in a public spectical. In light of the fact that the founders really meant "quick and painless", one has to wonder why the writers of the Constitution didn't spend their time campaigning for offenders to linger on death row for 30 year before being peacefully put to sleep like a beloved pet. But I'm sure Broom's attorney is correct. Thank God for progressives to enlighten us!
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