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Re: “The U.S. Executed Fewer People in 2013

The Real Reasons Death Penalties/Executions Fell
Dudley Sharp

Nationally, from 1993 to 2012, murders dropped by 41%. Capital murders, the only ones eligible for the death penalty, likely, dropped in the 60-70% range, as capital murders are, most often, those combined with rape, robbery, or other crimes, which have dropped substantially, as well, explaining most of the drop.

Other reasons are:

2) 5 states, with Democratic Governors and Democratic majority legislators, abolished the death penalty and

3) a number of Supreme Court cases have restricted or delayed, even more, the application of the death penalty,

with both since 1994 and both in conflict with the majority will of the people. (A state appellate court vacated New York's death penalty statute).

Two of those states, Illinois and New Jersey, got the vote in during a lame duck session.

4) DA's are aware that some judges are, simply, obstructionists to the law, and those DA's may be reluctant to seek it, as in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, etc. In California, reform efforts are underway. (Ct & NJ repealed the death penalty).

Those four, likely, account for 90% of the drop in death sentences.

5) The decline in executions is, solely, the product of the case managers - the judges and has nothing to do with popular death penalty support (1).


Richard Dieter states: "I think the decline begins with the revelations about mistakes in capital cases — that innocent people could get the penalty and almost be executed has shocked the public to the point where death sentences are harder to obtain,".

This is typical anti death penalty drivel, with no evidence to support it.

A Nov. 2010 Angus Reid poll showed that a large majority, 81%, believes that innocents have been executed and, with that same group, responding to the "general" death penalty question, found 83% death penalty support and 13% opposition (2).

That shows no evidence that the US population has turned away from executions based upon the, largely, misleading innocence claims by anti death penalty folks (3).

Possibly 25-40 actual innocents have been sentenced to death and released since 1976. Not 143 (3). That is a 99.6% accuracy rate in convictions, with the 0.4% innocent being released - a very admirable record, which would fuel confidence.

There is no proof of an innocent executed in the US. at least since the 1930s.

The facts tell us that the death penalty is a greater protector of innocents, than is LWOP (3), a reality which would result in even more support for the death penalty.

1) Judges Responsible for Grossly Uneven Executions

2) US Death Penalty Support at 80% (now 86%): World Support Remains High
95% of Murder Victim's Family Members Support Death Penalty

3) The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy

Posted by Dc Sharpthree on 12/20/2013 at 10:36 AM

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