Last fall, the American Law Institute, which created the intellectual framework for the modern capital justice system almost 50 years ago, pronounced its project a failure and walked away from it.
There were other important death penalty developments last year: the number of death sentences continued to fall, Ohio switched to a single chemical for lethal injections and New Mexico repealed its death penalty entirely. But not one of them was as significant as the institute’s move, which represents a tectonic shift in legal theory.
“The A.L.I. is important on a lot of topics,” said Franklin E. Zimring, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “They were absolutely singular on this topic” — capital punishment — “because they were the only intellectually respectable support for the death penalty system in the United States.”
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The murder rate arguement is incorrect. Here is a site where you can check each state. I have gone through them all and it simply isn't true. My state which has the death penalty has a murder rate of 1.9 per 100,000 people.
Additionally some of the states with a higher rate have high rates of crimes by illegals. Then there are those that have more people below the poverty level. You have to take these things into consideration. Simply comparing states and their ratios is not an apples to apples comparison.
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