Michigan Torture Ban In Works

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The state Senate has voted unanimously to approve legislation that would ban torture in Michigan.

A torture conviction could mean a lifetime prison sentence under
the legislation, which heads back to the House.

Representative Tom Meyer, a Republican from Bad Axe, introduced
a bill after Huron County's prosecutor said he had to charge a man
with kidnapping and abuse although he was accused of torturing his

The man is accused of altering his diabetic wife's diet and
withholding her medication and insulin to drop her blood sugar
levels so low she would lose consciousness.

He then would dress her in provocative clothing and asphyxiate
her by placing a plastic bag over her head until she neared death
and then revive her, according to prosecutors.