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No mere revision of the third edition of The Death Penalty in America --which the New York Times praised as "the most complete, well-edited and comprehensive collection of readings on the pros and cons of the death penalty"--this volume brings together an entirely new selection of 40 essays and includes updated statistical and research data, recent Supreme Court decisions, and the best current contributions to the debate over capital punishment.

From the status of the death penalty worldwide to current attitudes of Americans toward convicted killers, from legal arguments challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty to moral arguments enlisting the New Testament in support of it, from controversies over the role of race and class in the judicial system to proposals to televise executions, Bedau gathers readings that explore all the most compelling aspects of this most compelling issue.

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Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Many years ago I was assigned this book to read in college. The first part was dry had a lot of statistical analysis.

After I waded through that section though, I couldn't put it down. I probably finished it in less than three days. This book caused me to change my opinions on the death penalty completely. It is very balanced and fair. What Bedau did was ask the death penalty experts on both sides of the argument to write articles and he put their writings in his book.

The results are amazing! Don't listen to the two crackpots that gave this book 1 star. I don't think they have read this book or they would have written the things they did. This book is really about learning all of the points of view on the death penalty. Why would anyone oppose becoming informed? It profoundly changed my life. How many books can you say this about? Read it and see for yourself! Thank you Hugo Adam Bedau!

I think that this book is a very good resource on the topic. I remain a death penalty proponent, however I appreciate many of the ideas put forward.

If you are a death penalty proponent and willing to read books on the topic, this would be a good book. I need to reread the last chapter because I am disappointed in Bedau's response to van der Haag. I just finished the book and was left thinking that this chapter has more emotion in the argument than he has in other chapters.

Bedau just appears upset with van der Haag. Probably isn't, but I was just left with that feeling. I was a public defender who was almost appointed to defend a client in a murder case-and thankfully my boss interceded he had a conflict and another attorney was appointed. Though I would like to represent a client charged with murder, I wasn't ready to represent a murder charge for my third case.

As conscientious as I would have been, I was not qualified at that time. I do not see it as being a conflict that I am a death penalty proponent and wanting to represent a client charged with murder. I am there to represent my client's interests as well as to make sure that the State is doing its job.

And in this case the defendant was afforded better counsel that I could provide, but we don't take the justice system seriously. I'm curious to know if we understand the concept of justice. Those three words, "Compassion", "Love", and "Mercy", need to be practiced more often in our country of America.

The author of this book, who I have had the honor of meeting and have also heard him speak, has compassion, love, and mercy. His courage to fight against the death penalty, an unpopular stand in our country, shows him to be a wonderful human being. He is not only a wonderful author, he also gets personally involved with ordinary citizens to help those who are trying to rid our country of an unfair and different kind of homicide called execution. This book is a great book to read, and as one other person who reviewed this book mentioned, probably only death penalty opponents will read it.

I challenge those who believe in killing those who kill and sometimes killing those who are innocent of the crime of which they have been convicted, read this book even if, or especially if, you are afraid you might be converted to knowing the death penalty is wrong. One of the more modern refinements of the blood feud is the duel. In certain parts of the world, nations in the form of ancient republics, monarchies or tribal oligarchies emerged.

These nations were often united by common linguistic, religious or family ties. Moreover, expansion of these nations often occurred by conquest of neighbouring tribes or nations.

Consequently, various classes of royalty, nobility, various commoners and slave emerged. Accordingly, the systems of tribal arbitration were submerged into a more unified system of justice which formalized the relation between the different "classes" rather than "tribes". The Torah Jewish Law , also known as the Pentateuch the first five books of the Christian Old Testament , lays down the death penalty for murder, kidnapping , magic , violation of the Sabbath , blasphemy , and a wide range of sexual crimes, although evidence suggests that actual executions were rare.

A further example comes from Ancient Greece , where the Athenian legal system was first written down by Draco in about BC: The Romans also used death penalty for a wide range of offences. Although many are executed in the People's Republic of China each year in the present day, there was a time in the Tang dynasty — when the death penalty was abolished.

When abolishing the death penalty Xuanzong ordered his officials to refer to the nearest regulation by analogy when sentencing those found guilty of crimes for which the prescribed punishment was execution.

Thus depending on the severity of the crime a punishment of severe scourging with the thick rod or of exile to the remote Lingnan region might take the place of capital punishment. However, the death penalty was restored only 12 years later in in response to the An Lushan Rebellion. Under Xuanzong capital punishment was relatively infrequent, with only 24 executions in the year and 58 executions in the year The two most common forms of execution in the Tang dynasty were strangulation and decapitation, which were the prescribed methods of execution for and 89 offences respectively.

Strangulation was the prescribed sentence for lodging an accusation against one's parents or grandparents with a magistrate, scheming to kidnap a person and sell them into slavery and opening a coffin while desecrating a tomb.

Decapitation was the method of execution prescribed for more serious crimes such as treason and sedition. Despite the great discomfort involved, most of the Tang Chinese preferred strangulation to decapitation, as a result of the traditional Tang Chinese belief that the body is a gift from the parents and that it is, therefore, disrespectful to one's ancestors to die without returning one's body to the grave intact.

Some further forms of capital punishment were practised in the Tang dynasty, of which the first two that follow at least were extralegal. The second was truncation, in which the convicted person was cut in two at the waist with a fodder knife and then left to bleed to death. When a minister of the fifth grade or above received a death sentence the emperor might grant him a special dispensation allowing him to commit suicide in lieu of execution.

Even when this privilege was not granted, the law required that the condemned minister be provided with food and ale by his keepers and transported to the execution ground in a cart rather than having to walk there. Nearly all executions under the Tang dynasty took place in public as a warning to the population.

The heads of the executed were displayed on poles or spears. When local authorities decapitated a convicted criminal, the head was boxed and sent to the capital as proof of identity and that the execution had taken place.

In medieval and early modern Europe, before the development of modern prison systems, the death penalty was also used as a generalized form of punishment. In early modern Europe, a massive moral panic regarding witchcraft swept across Europe and later the European colonies in North America.

During this period, there were widespread claims that malevolent Satanic witches were operating as an organized threat to Christendom. As a result, tens of thousands of women were prosecuted for witchcraft and executed through the witch trials of the early modern period between the 15th and 18th centuries.

The death penalty also targeted sexual offences such as sodomy. In England, the Buggery Act stipulated hanging as punishment for " buggery ". James Pratt and John Smith were the last two Englishmen to be executed for sodomy in Despite the wide use of the death penalty, calls for reform were not unknown.

The 12th century Jewish legal scholar, Moses Maimonides , wrote, "It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent man to death. Maimonides's concern was maintaining popular respect for law, and he saw errors of commission as much more threatening than errors of omission.

In the last several centuries, with the emergence of modern nation states , justice came to be increasingly associated with the concept of natural and legal rights. The period saw an increase in standing police forces and permanent penitential institutions. Rational choice theory , a utilitarian approach to criminology which justifies punishment as a form of deterrence as opposed to retribution, can be traced back to Cesare Beccaria , whose influential treatise On Crimes and Punishments was the first detailed analysis of capital punishment to demand the abolition of the death penalty.

Official recognition of this phenomenon led to executions being carried out inside prisons, away from public view. In England in the 18th century, when there was no police force, there was a large increase in the number of capital offences to more than These were mainly property offences, for example cutting down a cherry tree in an orchard. In Nazi Germany there were three types of capital punishment; hanging, decapitation and death by shooting.

In the past, cowardice , absence without leave, desertion , insubordination , looting , shirking under enemy fire and disobeying orders were often crimes punishable by death see decimation and running the gauntlet.

One method of execution, since firearms came into common use, has also been firing squad , although some countries use execution with a single shot to the head or neck. Various authoritarian states—for example those with fascist or Communist governments—employed the death penalty as a potent means of political oppression.

According to Robert Conquest , the leading expert on Joseph Stalin's purges , more than one million Soviet citizens were executed during the Great Terror of —38, almost all by a bullet to the back of the head.

Partly as a response to such excesses, civil rights organizations started to place increasing emphasis on the concept of human rights and an abolition of the death penalty. Among countries around the world, all European except Belarus and many Oceanic states including Australia , New Zealand and East Timor , and Canada have abolished capital punishment. In Latin America , most states have completely abolished the use of capital punishment, while some countries such as Brazil and Guatemala allow for capital punishment only in exceptional situations, such as treason committed during wartime.

The United States the federal government and 31 of the states , some Caribbean countries and the majority of countries in Asia for example, Japan and India retain capital punishment. In Africa, less than half of countries retain it, for example Botswana and Zambia. South Africa abolished the death penalty in Abolition was often adopted due to political change, as when countries shifted from authoritarianism to democracy, or when it became an entry condition for the European Union.

The United States is a notable exception: The death penalty in the United States remains a contentious issue which is hotly debated. In retentionist countries, the debate is sometimes revived when a miscarriage of justice has occurred though this tends to cause legislative efforts to improve the judicial process rather than to abolish the death penalty. In abolitionist countries, the debate is sometimes revived by particularly brutal murders though few countries have brought it back after abolishing it.

However, a spike in serious, violent crimes, such as murders or terrorist attacks, has prompted some countries to effectively end the moratorium on the death penalty. One notable example is Pakistan which in December lifted a six-year moratorium on executions after the Peshawar school massacre during which students and 9 members of staff of the Army Public School and Degree College Peshawar were killed by Taliban terrorists.

Since then, Pakistan has executed over convicts. In two major countries, Turkey and the Philippines , saw their executives making moves to reinstate the death penalty. The public opinion on the death penalty varies considerably by country and by the crime in question. Countries where a majority of people are against execution include Norway where only 25 percent are in favour. Use of capital punishment is growing in India in the s [45] due to anger over several recent brutal cases of rape.

Trends in most of the world have long been to move to private and less painful executions. France developed the guillotine for this reason in the final years of the 18th century, while Britain banned drawing and quartering in the early 19th century.

Hanging by turning the victim off a ladder or by kicking a stool or a bucket, which causes death by suffocation, was replaced by long drop "hanging" where the subject is dropped a longer distance to dislocate the neck and sever the spinal cord.

Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar , Shah of Persia introduced throat-cutting and blowing from a gun close-range cannon fire as quick and relatively painless alternatives to more torturous methods of executions used at that time. A small number of countries still employ slow hanging methods and stoning. A study of executions carried out in the United States between and indicated that at least 34 of the executions, or 4.

The rate of these "botched executions" remained steady over the period of the study. Supreme Court ruled in Baze v. Rees and again in Glossip v. Gross that lethal injection does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Many countries have abolished capital punishment either in law or in practice. Since World War II there has been a trend toward abolishing capital punishment. Capital punishment has been completely abolished by countries, a further six have done so for all offences except under special circumstances and 32 more have abolished it in practice because they have not used it for at least 10 years and are believed to have a policy or established practice against carrying out executions.

The death penalty was banned in China between and In Japan, Emperor Saga abolished the death penalty in under the influence of Shinto and it lasted until In England, a public statement of opposition was included in The Twelve Conclusions of the Lollards , written in Sir Thomas More 's Utopia , published in , debated the benefits of the death penalty in dialogue form, coming to no firm conclusion.

More was himself executed for treason in In this book, Beccaria aimed to demonstrate not only the injustice, but even the futility from the point of view of social welfare , of torture and the death penalty. Influenced by the book, Grand Duke Leopold II of Habsburg, the future Emperor of Austria, abolished the death penalty in the then-independent Grand Duchy of Tuscany , the first permanent abolition in modern times. On 30 November , after having de facto blocked executions the last was in , Leopold promulgated the reform of the penal code that abolished the death penalty and ordered the destruction of all the instruments for capital execution in his land.

In , Tuscany's regional authorities instituted an annual holiday on 30 November to commemorate the event. The event is commemorated on this day by cities around the world celebrating Cities for Life Day. The Roman Republic banned capital punishment in Venezuela followed suit and abolished the death penalty in [55] and San Marino did so in The last execution in San Marino had taken place in In Portugal, after legislative proposals in and , the death penalty was abolished in The last execution of the death penalty in Brazil was , from there all the condemnations were commuted by the Emperor Pedro II until it's abolition for civil offences and military offences in peacetime in The penalty for crimes committed in peacetime was then reinstated and abolished again twice —53 and —78 , but on those occasions it was restricted to acts of terrorism or subversion considered "internal warfare" and all sentence were commuted and were not carried out.

Abolition occurred in Canada in except for some military offences, with complete abolition in , in France in , and in Australia in although the state of Western Australia retained the penalty until In , the United Nations General Assembly affirmed in a formal resolution that throughout the world, it is desirable to "progressively restrict the number of offences for which the death penalty might be imposed, with a view to the desirability of abolishing this punishment".

In the United Kingdom, it was abolished for murder leaving only treason , piracy with violence , arson in royal dockyards and a number of wartime military offences as capital crimes for a five-year experiment in and permanently in , the last execution having taken place in It was abolished for all peacetime offences in In the United States, Michigan was the first state to ban the death penalty, on 18 May Georgia case, but the Gregg v.

Georgia case once again permitted the death penalty under certain circumstances. Further limitations were placed on the death penalty in Atkins v. Virginia death penalty unconstitutional for people with an intellectual disability and Roper v. Simmons death penalty unconstitutional if defendant was under age 18 at the time the crime was committed. In the United States, 18 states and the District of Columbia ban capital punishment. Abolitionists believe capital punishment is the worst violation of human rights , because the right to life is the most important, and capital punishment violates it without necessity and inflicts to the condemned a psychological torture.

Human rights activists oppose the death penalty, calling it "cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment". Amnesty International considers it to be "the ultimate, irreversible denial of Human Rights". Most countries, including almost all First World nations, have abolished capital punishment either in law or in practice.

The United States is the only Western country to still use the death penalty. Since World War II , there has been a trend toward abolishing the death penalty. According to Amnesty International, 23 countries are known to have performed executions in As per Amnesty International, around prisoners were executed in The use of the death penalty is becoming increasingly restrained in some retentionist countries including Taiwan and Singapore.

The death penalty was overwhelmingly practised in poor and authoritarian states, which often employed the death penalty as a tool of political oppression.

During the s, the democratisation of Latin America swelled the ranks of abolitionist countries. This was soon followed by the fall of Communism in Europe.

Many of the countries which restored democracy aspired to enter the EU. The European Union and the Council of Europe both strictly require member states not to practise the death penalty see Capital punishment in Europe. Public support for the death penalty in the EU varies.

In these countries, the death penalty enjoys strong public support, and the matter receives little attention from the government or the media; in China there is a small but growing movement to abolish the death penalty altogether. Some countries have resumed practising the death penalty after having suspended executions for long periods.

The United States suspended executions in but resumed them in ; there was no execution in India between and ; and Sri Lanka declared an end to its moratorium on the death penalty on 20 November , [77] although it has not yet performed any executions. The Philippines re-introduced the death penalty in after abolishing it in , but abolished it again in The United States and Japan are the only developed countries to have recently carried out executions.

Japan has inmates with finalized death sentences as of July 26, , after executing Shoko Asahara and 6 other senior members of Aum Shinrikyo , the cult group which caused multiple crimes with thousands of victims such as Tokyo subway sarin attack in , on July 6, [78] followed by the executions of remaining 6 senior members on July The most recent country to abolish the death penalty was Burkina Faso in June The death penalty for juvenile offenders criminals aged under 18 years at the time of their crime has become increasingly rare.

Considering the age of majority is still not 18 in some countries, since ten countries have executed offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes: Starting in within British America , an estimated [86] juvenile offenders were executed by the states and federal government of the United States. Oklahoma , and for all juveniles in Roper v. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child , which forbids capital punishment for juveniles under article 37 a , has been signed by all countries and ratified , except for Somalia and the United States notwithstanding the latter's Supreme Court decisions abolishing the practice.

A majority of countries are also party to the U. Iran, despite its ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights , was the world's largest executioner of juvenile offenders, for which it has received international condemnation; the country's record is the focus of the Stop Child Executions Campaign.

But on 10 February , Iran's parliament changed the controversial law of executing juveniles. In the new law, the age of 18 solar year would be for both genders considered and juvenile offenders will be sentenced on a separate law than of adults. Saudi Arabia also executes criminals who were minors at the time of the offence. Japan has not been executing juvenile criminals after August , when they executed Norio Nagayama , a spree killer who had been convicted of shooting four people dead in the late s.

Nagayama's case created the so-called Nagayama standards, which take into account factors such as the number of victims, brutality and social impact of the crimes. The standards have been used in determining whether to apply the death sentence in murder cases. Teruhiko Seki , convicted of murdering four members including a 4-year-old daughter and raping a year-old daughter of a family in , became the second inmate to be hanged for a crime committed as a minor in the first such execution in 20 years after Nagayama on December 19, In October , a girl, Aisha Ibrahim Dhuhulow was buried up to her neck at a football stadium , then stoned to death in front of more than 1, people.

Somalia's established Transitional Federal Government announced in November reiterated in [99] that it plans to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The following methods of execution were used in A public execution is a form of capital punishment which "members of the general public may voluntarily attend". This definition excludes the presence of a small number of witnesses randomly selected to assure executive accountability. Additionally, it afforded the public a chance to witness "what was considered a great spectacle".

Social historians note that beginning in the 20th century in the U. According to Amnesty International , in "public executions were known to have been carried out in Iran , North Korea , Saudi Arabia and Somalia ". Crimes against humanity such as genocide are usually punishable by death in countries retaining capital punishment.

Death sentences for such crimes were handed down and carried out during the Nuremberg Trials in and the Tokyo Trials in , but the current International Criminal Court does not use capital punishment. The maximum penalty available to the International Criminal Court is life imprisonment. Intentional homicide is punishable by death in most countries retaining capital punishment, but generally provided it involves an aggravating factor required by statute or judicial precedents.

Other crimes that are punishable by death in some countries include terrorism , treason , espionage , crimes against the state most countries with the death penalty , political protests Saudi Arabia , [] rape China, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, etc. Capital punishment is controversial. Death penalty opponents regard the death penalty as inhumane [] and criticize it for its irreversibility.

Advocates of the death penalty argue that it deters crime, [] [] is a good tool for police and prosecutors in plea bargaining , [] makes sure that convicted criminals do not offend again, and is a just penalty. Supporters of the death penalty argued that death penalty is morally justified when applied in murder especially with aggravating elements such as for murder of police officers, child murder , torture murder , multiple homicide and mass killing such as terrorism , massacre and genocide.

This argument is strongly defended by New York Law School 's Professor Robert Blecker , [] who says that the punishment must be painful in proportion to the crime. Eighteenth-century philosopher Immanuel Kant defended a more extreme position, according to which every murderer deserves to die on the grounds that loss of life is incomparable to any jail term. Some abolitionists argue that retribution is simply revenge and cannot be condoned. Others while accepting retribution as an element of criminal justice nonetheless argue that life without parole is a sufficient substitute.

It is also argued that the punishing of a killing with another death is a relatively unique punishment for a violent act, because in general violent crimes are not punished by subjecting the perpetrator to a similar act e.

Human rights activists oppose the death penalty, calling it " cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment ". Amnesty International considers it to be "the ultimate irreversible denial of Human Rights".

An execution is not simply death. It is just as different from the privation of life as a concentration camp is from prison. Such a monster is not encountered in private life. In the classic doctrine of natural rights as expounded by for instance Locke and Blackstone , on the other hand, it is an important idea that the right to life can be forfeited.

And we may imagine somebody asking how we can teach people not to inflict suffering by ourselves inflicting it? But to this I should answer — all of us would answer — that to deter by suffering from inflicting suffering is not only possible, but the very purpose of penal justice.

Does fining a criminal show want of respect for property, or imprisoning him, for personal freedom? Just as unreasonable is it to think that to take the life of a man who has taken that of another is to show want of regard for human life.

We show, on the contrary, most emphatically our regard for it, by the adoption of a rule that he who violates that right in another forfeits it for himself, and that while no other crime that he can commit deprives him of his right to live, this shall.

It is frequently argued that capital punishment leads to miscarriage of justice through the wrongful execution of innocent persons. Some have claimed that as many as 39 executions have been carried out in the face of compelling evidence of innocence or serious doubt about guilt in the US from through Newly available DNA evidence prevented the pending execution of more than 15 death row inmates during the same period in the US, [] but DNA evidence is only available in a fraction of capital cases.

Improper procedure may also result in unfair executions. For example, Amnesty International argues that in Singapore "the Misuse of Drugs Act contains a series of presumptions which shift the burden of proof from the prosecution to the accused. This conflicts with the universally guaranteed right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty".

In this situation, in almost any jurisdiction, the prosecution has a prima facie case. Opponents of the death penalty argue that this punishment is being used more often against perpetrators from racial and ethnic minorities and from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, than against those criminals who come from a privileged background; and that the background of the victim also influences the outcome.

The United Nations introduced a resolution during the General Assembly's 62nd sessions in calling for a universal ban. Again in , a large majority of states from all regions adopted a second resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in the UN General Assembly Third Committee on 20 November. A range of amendments proposed by a small minority of pro-death penalty countries were overwhelmingly defeated.

It had in passed a non-binding resolution by to 54, with 29 abstentions by asking its member states for "a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty". A number of regional conventions prohibit the death penalty, most notably, the Sixth Protocol abolition in time of peace and the 13th Protocol abolition in all circumstances to the European Convention on Human Rights.

The same is also stated under the Second Protocol in the American Convention on Human Rights , which, however has not been ratified by all countries in the Americas, most notably Canada and the United States. Most relevant operative international treaties do not require its prohibition for cases of serious crime, most notably, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

This instead has, in common with several other treaties, an optional protocol prohibiting capital punishment and promoting its wider abolition. Several international organizations have made the abolition of the death penalty during time of peace a requirement of membership, most notably the European Union EU and the Council of Europe.

The EU and the Council of Europe are willing to accept a moratorium as an interim measure. Thus, while Russia is a member of the Council of Europe, and the death penalty remains codified in its law, it has not made use of it since becoming a member of the Council — Russia has not executed anyone since With the exception of Russia abolitionist in practice , Kazakhstan abolitionist for ordinary crimes only , and Belarus retentionist , all European countries are classified as abolitionist.

Latvia abolished de jure the death penalty for war crimes in , becoming the last EU member to do so. The majority of European countries have signed and ratified it. Some European countries have not done this, but all of them except Belarus and Kazakhstan have now abolished the death penalty in all circumstances de jure , and Russia de facto. Poland is the most recent country to ratify the protocol, on 28 August There are also other international abolitionist instruments, such as the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights , which has 81 parties; [] and the Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights to Abolish the Death Penalty for the Americas; ratified by 13 states.

About 50 of them were executed, the last one 25 October Then there was a de facto moratorium on the death penalty in Turkey. As a move towards EU membership , Turkey made some legal changes. The death penalty was removed from peacetime law by the National Assembly in August , and in May Turkey amended its constitution in order to remove capital punishment in all circumstances.

It ratified Protocol no. As a result, Europe is a continent free of the death penalty in practice, all states but Russia, which has entered a moratorium, having ratified the Sixth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights, with the sole exception of Belarus , which is not a member of the Council of Europe.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has been lobbying for Council of Europe observer states who practise the death penalty, the U. In addition to banning capital punishment for EU member states, the EU has also banned detainee transfers in cases where the receiving party may seek the death penalty. Sub-Saharan African countries that have recently abolished the death penalty include Burundi , which abolished the death penalty for all crimes in , [] and Gabon which did the same in The newly created South Sudan is among the UN member states that supported the resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly that called for the removal of the death penalty, therefore affirming its opposition to the practice.

South Sudan, however, has not yet abolished the death penalty and stated that it must first amend its Constitution, and until that happens it will continue to use the death penalty. As an example, the majority of Christendom opposes the death penalty [] and the world's largest Christian denomination - Catholicism - opposes capital punishment in all cases, whereas both the Baha'i and Islamic faiths support capital punishment.

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