Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Capital Punishment Definition:

The most severe of all sentences: that of death.

Related Terms: Corporal Punishment, Death Penalty, Capital Offence

capital punishmentThe most severe of all sentences: that of death.

Also known as the death penalty, capital punishment has been banned in many countries.

In the United States, an earlier move to eliminate capital punishment has now been reversed and more and more states are resorting to capital punishment for serious offenses such as murder.

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