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June 25, 2007

The notable federal-state disparity in carrying out executions

There has been much discussion of the increased number of federal capital prosecution under the Bush Administration.  But, as detailed in posts here and here, I am more concerned that the Bush Administration seems to be supporting a de facto moratorium on federal executions and not being called to account for its failure to try to carry out scheduled death sentences.  In this vein, here is a new report from the ACLU, entitled "The Persistent Problem of Racial Disparities in the Federal Death Penalty," which laments "federal death prosecutions at an ever-accelerating pace," but does not explore why six federal executions are on hold because of lethal injection litigation.

Meanwhile, in sharp contrast, states are moving forward with scheduled executions.  In fact, as detailed here, Tuesday brings scheduled executions in three different states: in Georgia, in Oklahoma, and in Texas.

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Surely the biggest disparity in carrying out executions is that it doesn't happen often or soon enough. Is it really reasonable that sentencing-to-execution times of 20 years are common, and about 20% of those sentenced to death 20 years ago have actually been executed?

Posted by: William Jockusch | Jun 29, 2007 1:27:55 PM

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