Sunday, March 8, 2009

more reasons to be cheerful - death penalty crunched

The Credibility Crunch is forcing several US states to consider ending the death penalty because executions are too expensive; another stupid indulgence they can no longer afford.

"It's 10 times more expensive to kill them than to keep them alive," though most Americans believe the opposite, said Donald McCartin, a former California jurist known as "The Hanging Judge of Orange County" for sending nine men to death row.

In 2007, time and money were the reasons New Jersey became the first state to ban executions since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1972.

Celebrating the Credibility Crunch.

Metaphor for America, anti-executionist poem by Eddie Woods.

schmoo's credibility crunch package to restart britain

1 comment:

Dave Semple said...

The US supreme court reinstated the death penalty through the bifurcated trial laws in 1976, Gregg v Georgia. It was in the 1972 Furman case that the consolidated juries were ruled unconstitutional and death penalty thus suspended whilst various states sought ways around the decision.