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The Story of Cruel and Unusual by Colin Dayan
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The Story of Cruel and Unusual by Colin Dayan
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Mar 16, 2007 | ISBN 9780262042390

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[Dayan] builds her argument around one basic principle: that in a society of laws, we frame cruelty in terms of intent. Thus, she writes, we always have a loophole; it’s not what we do but what we mean…. The argument may be somewhat overstated, but with its implicit sense that cruel and unusual punishment is an ever-shifting standard, it can’t help but raise compelling questions, forcing us to reconsider our founding documents and what they say about us.—David Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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