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January 10, 2006

Capital moratoriums gaining momentum

On both coasts, momentum is gaining for death penalty moratoriums:

As I have explained before here and here, New Jersey has had a de facto (and pricey) moratorium on executions for more than two decades: the state has spent over $250 million on administering its capital punishment system but has not yet executed anyone.  But recent events confirm that California does have an operation execution chamber, and this USA Today article discusses the state's next scheduled execution of Clarence Ray Allen.  (More background on the Allen case and his clemency request can be found in this recent post, "Too old and sick to die?".)

January 10, 2006 at 07:48 AM | Permalink

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