Death Penalty In Colonial Times

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Breaking the law was no joke back in colonial times. Punishment were extremely harsh. The convict will be punished by physical pain or sometimes death. Do to the poor judgment from the court 's most of the accused were innocent. Even the defendants of the accused were punished, if the accused were proven guilty. One of the things that were taken really seriously was WitchCraft, which was punished by death. A lot of innocent women died during those year in Salem. The punishments for crime in colonial times were not fair. The death penalty was one of the main ways a person was punished. The first person executed for murder was John Billington. He had shot and killed a man during a quarrel. After the incident he was accused of murder and was
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