capital punishment

capital punishment
capital punishment n: death penalty

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

capital punishment
noun dealing death, death, death sentence, execution, extreme penalty, judicial murder, killing associated concepts: cruel and unusual punishment

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

capital punishment
The death penalty; punishment by death.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

capital punishment
punishment that consists of killing the offender. Methods vary around the world and include, or have included, hanging, garrotting, use of the guillotine, shooting, gassing, lethal injection and electrocution. In the UK, general capital punishment for murder was abolished by the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965 and was replaced by life imprisonment. Capital punishment for treason and piracy was abolished by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. See corporal punishment, death penalty.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

capital punishment
A sentence of death.
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

capital punishment
The lawful infliction of death as a punishment; the death penalty.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

capital punishment
The lawful infliction of death as a punishment; the death penalty.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

capital punishment
   execution (death) for a capital offense. The U.S. Supreme Court has vacillated on the application of capital punishment, ruling in the Furman decision (1972) that capital punishment was a violation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment" in certain cases, and then reinstated it in 1976. New York, which once led the nation in executions, abolished capital punishment but reinstated it in 1995. There is no capital punishment in Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. There have been no federal executions in more than 30 years. Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Virginia, and Alabama have held the most executions in recent years. Means of capital punishment used in the United States include lethal injection, electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, and firing squad. All capital offenses require automatic appeals, which means that approximately 2,500 men and women are presently on "death row" awaiting their appeals or death.
   See also: capital offense

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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