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Texas judge ordered electric shocks to man during trial. Conviction thrown out.

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The US Justice Department uses a stun belt on people during trial that works like a shock collar used on dogs. A remote control is used to electrocute a defendant with an 8-second, 50,000-70,000 volt electric current. A sheriff’s seargent who tested the feeling as, “If you had nine-inch nails and you tried to rip my sides out and then you put a heat lamp on me.” The device can cause seizures, spontaneous urination and defecation, and heart complications. Texas Judge, George Gallagher, shocked a man 3 times in court for not answering questions the way he wanted.

Texas judge ordered electric shocks to man during trial. Conviction thrown out.

The shock device was used on the defendant as punishment for refusing to answer questions.

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  1. Cruel and Unusual Punishment
    Such punishment as would amount to torture or barbarity, any cruel and degrading punishment not known to the Common Law, or any fine, penalty, confinement, or treatment that is so disproportionate to the offense as to shock the moral sense of the community.

    The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the federal government from imposing cruel and unusual punishment for federal crimes. The amendment states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.” The due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bars the states from inflicting such punishment for state crimes, and most state constitutions also prohibit the infliction of cruel and unusual punishment.

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