Capital Crime

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sat Sep 29 03:41:17 UTC 2007

Is "capital crime" being defined as homicide, as opposed to any crime which
is punishable by death? Or is the following just an error? From today's
Slate, "Deception at the Supreme Court," by Thomas Goldstein,

"The defendant in this case is the only person in the country who is on
death row for a noncapital crime."

(The case in question is a child rape case, which is punishable by death in

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