Harden v Director of Prisons; G.R. No. L-2349; 22 Oct 1948; 81 Phil 741

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Petitioner was confined in prison for contempt of court for failure to comply with a court order arising from a civil case between him and his wife.

Whether or not petitioner’s detention violates constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.

NO. The penalty complained of is neither cruel, unjust nor excessive. Punishments are cruel when they involve torture or a lingering death, but the punishment of death is not cruel, within the meaning of that word as used in the constitution. It implies there something inhuman and barbarous, something more than the mere extinguishment of life.

Petition is DENIED.

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