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Another museum display, showing a wider range of implements for judicial corporal punishment.

takes a closer look at capital punishment in his article ..

The legal compact demanded by the United States Supreme Court when it reinstituted capital punishment as a sentencing option in 1976 has been broken, repeatedly, not by convicts, but by hundreds of overzealous administrators of the nation's justice systems. In Texas, Georgia, Florida, and in the other states which continue to push capital punishment, the "law" in capital cases now is mostly used as a weapon -- not as a shield for the individual against the might of government. It is not justice under law. And it is certainly not equal justice under the law. It is instead far too often a perversion of justice -- and of the Court's well-meant precedent.

Capital punishment says to them: We, the community, take your loss with the utmost seriousness.

Capital punishment in the United States - Simple …

Persia is the country now known as Iran. Note that exactly the same punishment is still applied there to this day, with the offender similarly stripped to the waist, in front of a crowd likewise gathered in the street -- see . However, in 1910 they used a proper flogging triangle rather than a lamp post, and had two operators inflicting alternate strokes from opposite sides.

20:13) So whoever uses the Bible to condemn capital punishment risks hypocrisy.

I assume that this is from the press launch in 2002 of the . There are two trestles exhibited side by side, a smaller one and a larger A-frame of the familiar kind (so tall that a recess has to be made for it in the ceiling). The big frame was for judicial punishment; the smaller trestle seems to have been for of juveniles, rather than judicial ones. A says "the boy's hands were secured by leather straps to a wooden platform" as he was made to bend over with his trousers down. (However, in the reformatory case the boy was allowed to keep his trousers on.) In a different article, an the offender had to "lie on a rack" to which he was strapped, and a leather strap was put round his back to protect the spine -- perhaps a reference to bending over the padded bar shown here.


Furthermore, if the pope ends up deciding instead more explicitly to contradict past teaching and to assert that capital punishment is always and intrinsically immoral, then Shea, to be consistent, will have to acknowledge that in that case the pope would be guilty of a doctrinal error. Is Shea willing now to pledge that he will indeed acknowledge this the pope decides to go in that direction?

Elements of Crime and Punishment - CRIMINAL LAW

This is described in the museum as having been used in the "Detention and Training Centre", possibly a reformatory for youngsters; if so, would presumably have applied, which state that the cane was applied to the youth's clothed buttocks. This makes it sound rather more like a schoolboy caning but, even so, the doctor had to be present, and up to 12 strokes could be given in the case of boys over 14, and there was a right of appeal to the Director. Note padded bar for abdomen, and straps for ankles as well as wrists near the bottom of each of the contraption's four legs. This means the recipient would have been bent nearly double, with his legs wide apart, during the punishment. The cane is also in view.

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Whether it plays the key disciplinary and "judicial" role now that it used to, I'm not sure; but until the practice was shamed out of existence around 1970, a "Pop tanning" was a highly formalised and very serious punishment administered by the President of Pop, on behalf of, and on the decision of, Pop as a whole. One gathers this was relatively rare, making it all the more dramatic when it was ordered.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: Readers' questions answered

A reader in Norway writes that he thinks this was used during World War II in Germany and the occupied countries: "A few years ago there was a documentary of the punishments the Germans used, and a Norwegian woman was describing the punishment she got while in a German prison. They showed pictures of this block". However, it is quite different from the flogging block that has been pictured in various places as the standard item used in the Nazi era both in ordinary prisons and in the concentration camps.

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A nice touch: the offending boy was made to put his head out the sash window and the window then lowered on to the back of his neck, serving the dual purpose of keeping him bent over in place while the punishment proceeded, and insulating those inside to some extent from his ear-splitting screams. I suppose it must also have provided some "entertainment" for anyone who happened to be outside at the time.