The Constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishment.
In this postmodern era I interpret this to mean that a punishment could be cruel as long as it was not unusual or unusual as long as it was not cruel.
Crucifixion, for instance, was cruel but not unusual.
posted on 03/29/2013 6:47:55 AM PDT
(Back off! I'm a Scientist.)
I like the way you think. The Constitution clearly says "cruel and unusual" punishment, not "cruel or unusual."
posted on 03/29/2013 6:55:24 AM PDT
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