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Justice John Paul Stevens' Endorsement of Death Penalty Abolition

US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Death penalty abolition is a growing movement in the United States. Former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is the most recent former high court member to speak out publicly against the death penalty. The links below are to Justice Stevens' New York Times book review of sociologist David Garland's The Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition, as well as two commentary pieces in response to Justice Stevens' review.

Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens Pleas for Abolition of the Death Penalty

Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens Pleas for Abolition of the Death Penalty

Commentary by Ron Steiner OADP Outreach Chair -- Speaking at a large convention of judges and lawyers, in Columbus, Ohio, last night retiring Supreme Count Justice John Paul Stevens made a direct and emotional plea to abolish the death penalty. Among his comments before the assembled legal veterans, Stevens said, “The risk of an incorrect decision has increased”. Responding to a question about his 2008 assertion that the death penalty should be abolished, he said that “because of advances in DNA testing”, which have led to the freeing of some innocent convicts, “we’re more aware of the risk than we might have been before.”

 

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