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November 24, 2007

A continuing moratorium, murder statistics and capital news

This weekend marks the end of a second full month of an execution moratorium created and sustained by the Supreme Court's decision to examine the constitutionality of lethal injection protocols in Baze.  Interestingly, though some contend that a suspension of executions can cost innocent lives, the latest news from New York is that the Big Apple "is on course for its lowest murder rate in four decades with this year's total expected to be below 500."  (Of course, New York state has not executed anyone in the modern death penalty era and its death penalty law has been inoperative since declared unconstitutional by its courts in 2004.)

Ultimately, whatever national murder statistics show through 2007 and 2008, advocates with different goals will likely find ways to claim that reality reflects their claims.  Still, it is fun to speculate about whether and how the Justices might be impacted by the broader deterrence debate (and also to speculate whether and how Kentucky and its amici might promote deterrence data to support their cause in Baze.)

Meanwhile, a temporary end to executions does not end capital punishment news.  Here are some items from some around the web with notable capital developments:

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