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June 14, 2006

A renewed death debate in New York

As detailed in articles here and here, the New York state Senate has passed bills to bring the death penalty back to the state.  However, as the articles reveal, the prospect of the state Assembly also passing these bills seems slim.  As explained in this article, politics is as much a part of the story as policy:

Anti-death-penalty activists called the vote a "political gesture" in an election year.  All 212 legislators are up for election in November.  The Republican-led Senate passed the bill, 37-23, but not without some debate.

"I don't believe in killing anyone because I believe life is sacred," said Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., D-Bronx, noting his anti-abortion-rights stance.... Other Democrats accused the Republicans of grandstanding, given that the bill had insufficient support in the other house.  "This is the end of the line here in the Senate," said Sen. Tom Duane, D-Manhattan. "It's not going anywhere."

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