To the editor:
Over the past two centuries, there has been an evolving standard on what constitutes humane punishment for crimes in America. For example, corporal punishments such as public flogging and branding are now considered to be unnecessarily cruel.
Today, most people in the Western world believe capital punishment is inhumane, and that is why it has been abolished in the European Union. One day, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule that the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment. And that day may come sooner than we think.