Not really, no, not quite

A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely.

It’s the sentence of capital punishment which has been delivered remotely, not the capital punishment.

At which point we can descend ever further into pendantry hell. For capital punishment is always, but always, delivered personally and directly. Well, from the point of view of the executee that is. It’s usually rather remote from the courtroom and the judge….

12 thoughts on “Not really, no, not quite”

  1. ‘A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom’

    So he has to die in Singapore?

    With Zoom, why does it matter where he was?

    ‘It’s the sentence of capital punishment which has been delivered remotely, not the capital punishment.’

    It was said that Obama enjoyed killing people with drones. He could come out of retirement to help out Zoom.

  2. ‘It’s the sentence of capital punishment which has been delivered remotely, not the capital punishment.’

    You sure?

    Drudge headline:

    ‘Drug dealer sentenced to death by hanging via ZOOM.’

  3. gizmodo.com headline:

    Alleged Drug Dealer Sentenced to Death by Hanging Via Zoom in Singapore
    — Matt Novak

    Subs absent everywhere.

  4. So what? Even the guy’s lawyer has no problem with the sentence being delivered that way.

    I really don’t see how anyone can complain; the penalties for drug smuggling are made abundantly clear. Malaysia also has capital punishment for drug trafficking but no-one seems to make a fuss about that.

    And I say this as someone who is fond of drugs. And Singapore. Just not together.

  5. Actually the switch-flicking for the electric chair and lethal injection is done somewhat remotely. One might argue the toss about a firing squad but I think they count as being “there in person”.

    I reckon there’s something to be said for the judge who passes the sentence to have to carry it out himself/herself. Might stop them being a bit too trigger-happy with it. Would certainly weigh the enormity of it all more than wearing a black cap of doom does.

  6. “I reckon there’s something to be said for the judge who passes the sentence to have to carry it out himself/herself. Might stop them being a bit too trigger-happy with it. Would certainly weigh the enormity of it all more than wearing a black cap of doom does.”

    Too many Judge Fentons out there who would enjoy it. Result: MORE capital convictions.

  7. Nah. Separation of powers, innit. Hangman gets to blame ze judge. Ze judge actions the law, based on the jury’s verdict.

  8. Well if not perform it, at least they out to witness it. If you sentence someone to death you ought to know what it means.

  9. The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.

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