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January 28, 2006

ABA report calls for Georgia DP moratorium

As detailed in this newspaper article, "Georgia should place a moratorium on seeking the death penalty because it cannot ensure fairness in defendants' trials and appeals, according to a new report by the American Bar Association."  Here are just a few highlights from the long and thoughtful article:

The recommended moratorium on death penalty prosecutions is contained in a 323-page report prepared by 10 prominent Georgia lawyers and political figures, including a former state chief justice, law professors, criminal defense lawyers, former prosecutors and a legislator....

Asked if Gov. Sonny Perdue would consider a moratorium, his spokesman, Dan McLagan, said simply: "Nope."

UPDATE:  The full ABA report, which looks stunning in both its length and intricacy, is available at this link.

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