News 01.15.15

Los Angeles Times Editorial Calls for Death Penalty Moratorium

An op-ed in the

Los Angeles Times

today calls for a national moratorium on the death penalty, emphasizing the fact that innocent people have been and will continue to be wrongfully convicted and executed.

The article notes that DNA testing has exonerated 325 people since 1989, 20 of whom served time on death row.

That’s 20 individuals who would have been killed by state authorities if no one had dug up the truth.

 

[…] executions should be put on hold until there is some way to achieve certainty about the guilt of every person on death row. To paraphrase English jurist William Blackstone, it is better for 10 killers to go free than for one innocent man to be wrongfully put to death.

Read the full editorial 

here

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