California Torture Law

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The state of California enforces a law that makes "torture" a criminal offense. Under this law – California Penal Code § 206 – the crime of torture occurs when a person inflicts great bodily harm on another with the intent to cause cruel or extreme pain.

Under the law, the crime of torture does not require proof that a victim experienced pain. Instead, it focuses on the intent of a person to cause cruel or extreme pain and suffering for reasons that may include revenge, extortion, persuasion, or any other sadistic purpose. Torture is an extremely serious crime and is punishable by life imprisonment.

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