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January 17, 2017

Some notable local death penalty headlines from two very different localities

These two local capital punishment headlines and stories caught my eye this afternoon:

The Georgia story is just a report on an advocacy group that surely faces an uphill battle getting the Peach State to consider seriously the repeal of the death penalty.  But abolitionists should be revved up about the Washington story as it seems political forces are lining up to make repeal there a real possibility.

January 17, 2017 at 02:51 PM | Permalink


Yo Berman, when are you going to grade those crim law finals??

Posted by: Student | Jan 17, 2017 3:14:30 PM

Consideration is being made for "repeal" but the people who support it are "abolitionists."

The term reminds me of the traditional usage regarding those who wanted to end slavery, which tended to have an emotional salience both negative and positive, in this case somewhat the former given the writer thinks it is too much of an absolutist stance.

Posted by: Joe | Jan 17, 2017 4:37:16 PM

Yo Student: they have been done since last week!

Posted by: Doug B. | Jan 17, 2017 5:45:45 PM

Berm rules

Posted by: Student | Jan 17, 2017 7:01:05 PM

Lets hope Trump puts an end to the DP mess and announces that any State NOT having a DP law on the books will not receive Federal Justice dept funding or at least will suffer a large reduction until they bring back the DP. All 50 states need to have the same maximum punishment available - equal protection demands a same maximum available sentence across states for intentional KILLING. Lets hop this admin does the same for the DP as he does for sanctuary cities.

Posted by: DeanO | Jan 18, 2017 8:48:15 AM

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