CAPTIAL PUNISHMENT – The legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime.
Only once in all of American history has capital punishment, the death penalty, been halted nationwide, meaning no state could execute criminals. This happened in 1966 when a federal moritoriam was passed. No executions took place in America until 1977 when Gary Mark Gilmore insisted on being executed for the murders he committed. This case reinstated the death penalty nationwide. Murder, the most herendous crime a human can commit and the death penalty, the most severe punishment given.