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Capital Punishment Declared Unconstitutional

Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about New York declaring capital punishment unconstitutional. This event happened just fifteen years ago today, on June 24, 2004.

Capital punishment is also known as a death penalty and is a government-sanctioned punishment for a criminal with severe crimes, such as murder.

Ways of capital punishment throughout the years have been numerous and varied. Some examples of these varied death sentences include hanging, the electric chair, and lethal injection. The interpretation of what is and isn’t constitutional is still going on today.

Some famous cases of electrocution are as follows: Leon Czolgosz, for the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Ruth Snyder, for the murder of her husband, and serial killer Albert Fish, for the murder of a ten-year-old girl named Grace Budd.

From 1890 to 1963, 695 people were executed in New York. All but four of these individuals were convicted of murder. Those four exceptions were Joseph Sakoda and Demetrius Gula, who were convicted of kidnapping and executed on January 11, 1940; and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of espionage and executed on June 19, 1953.

The death row has been disestablished now, as of 2004. Convicted murderers now get a life sentence without parole.

Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. I hope you found this historical tidbit as interesting and as fascinating as I did. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!

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