Monday, October 29, 2007

 

American Bar Association Calls for a Halt to Death Penalty


In a report released on Sunday, the American Bar Association stated that the nation's death penalty system should be halted until vital improvements are made. The report is based on research in eight states, examining the "fairness and accuracy" of death penalty systems. In every state studied, serious flaws were discovered.

The ABA released its Tennessee Assessment on the Death Penalty last spring and of 93 guidelines for a fair and accurate system, Tennessee fully complied with only 7 for which data was available.

Stephen Hanlon, chairman of the ABA"s Death Penalty Moratorium Project, told ABC news, "In determining who gets the death penalty, all too frequently, it seems to be not the person who has committed the worst crime, but the person who has the worst lawyer." Read more.

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