Capital Punishment

From the Lynn Record, copied in the Liberator, February 19, 1841, pg 3 .  Capital Punishment is undergoing its annual discussion in our legislature, and will sooner or later have to yield to imprisonment for life.  We are fully convinced, after long deliberation, that capital punishment is impolitic, and in the present state of public sentiment, impractical. It is already impossible, in many cases, to get a jury to convict, where death is the punishment; but in which conviction could be readily obtained, if the punishment were imprisonment for life. A law to be useful must be practicable. 

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