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Stoning

Stoning, or lapidation, is a method of capital punishment whereby a group throws stones at a person until they die. No individual among the group can be identified as the one who kills the subject. This is in contrast to the case of a judicial executioner. Often slower than other forms of execution, stoning within the context of contemporary Western culture is considered a form of execution by torture.

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If you're sentenced to death by stoning in Iran, you are set free if you can get out of the pit that binds you. This applies to adulterers that were convicted by their own confession only.

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