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January 16, 2011

Is there growing momentum behind death penalty repeal efforts?

The question in the title of this post is motivated in part by the fact that Illinois is just a signature by its Governor away from becoming the 17th state in the US without the death penalty.  But it is also inspired by these recent major articles discussing death penalty repeal efforts afoot in other states:

Of course, modern death penalty reform discussions are not only a one-way ratchet toward abolition.  As this local article explains, "New Mexico death penalty supporters plan to try to bring back capital punishment in the legislative session that starts next week. They've been working on 'repealing the repeal' ever since the state did away with it two years ago, and now they are ready to put it on the agenda for the 60 day session."

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death penalty is dead in the water

Posted by: claudio giusti, italia | Jan 16, 2011 12:17:59 PM

1) Very much alive and busy for 17,000 murder victims a year.

2) See Mexico for the result of an overlawyered, no death penalty nation.

3) The Governor of Illinois will be signing the death warrants of 100's of people working or residing in prison if he signs the law.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 16, 2011 12:54:06 PM

"Is there growing momentum behind death penalty repeal efforts?"

At my age, I'm always happy to see a headline that takes me back to the days of my youth.

This particular headline fills the bill. It could easily have been spliced in from forty years ago. And in fact, in 1972, SCOTUS effectively banned the death penalty. The "momentum" of abolitionism had its crown jewel.

For a while.

The citizenry didn't like what it saw, so things, uh, changed.

Stories about "momentum" are really easy to write, especially if you have an agenda. But we've seen it all before, guys. Since the identical early 70's "momentum," both public support for, and the number of, executions has dramatically escalated.

So y'all have fun with the "momentum."

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jan 16, 2011 3:01:02 PM

I hope the death penalty is preserved for insurrection against the Constitution. There are about 15,000 members of the lawyer hierarchy that desperately need it, to save our nation from their internal treason. They should have brief fair trials where the sole evidence will be their legal utterances, and not any collateral corruption lawyer gotcha. Their case and policy decisions are the great crimes. Then shoot them in the basement of the court house right after the verdict of guilty. To deter.

Then pass a Constitutional Amendment excluding anyone who has passed 1L from all benches, all legislative seats, and responsible policy positions in the Executive. Until the lawyer gives up its supernatural doctrines, acknowledges its utter failure, and accepts modernity, let them be excluded. Its biggest failure is in Job One of government, keeping us safe. 20 million major crimes, 2 million prosecutions, 200,000 going to jail, 200 executed, 20 falsely. We are basically on our own as far as security is concerned. The lawyer is in total, utter failure, save for one spectacular achievement, rent seeking.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 16, 2011 4:44:50 PM

s.c. you forgot your meds again. Just because you think your ex wife's lawyer screwed you over, no reason to take it out on the rest of us. Remember that you owe your freedom to the lawyers who founded this country: Madison, Hamilton, Adams, etc....

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