Great Britain: An End to Hanging

A British judge may never again place a black cap upon his bewigged head and solemnly tell a prisoner that "the sentence of this court upon you is that you suffer death in the manner authorized by the law, and may the Lord have mercy on your soul!" The abolition of the death penalty was carried in the House of Commons last week by a vote of 355 to 170.*The bill was a "private member's motion," introduced by Pacifist Sydney Silverman, 69, a Labor M.P. who has fought against the gallows for nearly...

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