Capital Crime

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 29 22:22:50 UTC 2007

It confuses me, Dave. Why would anybody who hasn't committed a capital
crime, as defined by law and not by someone's stupidity, be on death
row? :-)


On 9/28/07, Dave Wilton <dave at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Capital Crime
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> 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
> Louisiana.)
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