Friday 2 November 2007

News: Capital Punishment Moratorium

The future of capital punishment in America appears to be uncertain. The Supreme Court granted a last minute reprieve to Mississippi prisoner Earl Berry, scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Tuesday. This decision seems to cement a de facto moratorium on all executions until the Supreme Court reviews the legality of lethal injections next year. Read more about this story in the Guardian, the Washington Post, and listen to an NPR radio programme about it, via Slate.

With thanks to AMS student Kirsty Callaghan.

1 comment:

Dr. Michael Blankenship said...

Unfortunately, the death penalty will not soon end in the U.S., The current hiatus is due to the a pending case that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next year. At issue is the efficacy of the three chemicals used to kill the condemned. The states and the federal government may have to change policies and chemicals, but the death penalty will resume late next year. Several states, such as New Jersey and Maryland, may abolish the death penalty, which will save millions of dollars and ensure that innocent people are not executed.