Judge Finds Federal Executions Unconstitutional

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Judge Finds Federal Executions Unconstitutional BY GAIL APPLESON, LAW CORRESPONDENT

NEW YORK - (Reuters) - A trial judge on Monday became the first U.S. judge to declare the current
federal death penalty unconstitutional, calling it tantamount to "state-sponsored murder of innocent
human beings."

U.S. District Judge Rakoff, who became the focus of heated national debate when he warned in April
that he might rule against federal executions, said research showed that innocent people are being
killed without the opportunity for exoneration.

"The unacceptably high rate at which innocent persons are convicted of capital crimes, when coupled
with the frequently prolonged delays before such errors are detected...compels the conclusion that
execution under the Federal Death Penalty Act...denies due process and, indeed, is tantamount to
foreseeable, state-sponsored murder of innocent human beings," said Rakoff.
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On Mon, 01 Jul 2002 18:19:21 +0100, "[email protected] com"
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There seems to be a big swing against the death penalty in the states at the moment. This decision
comes shortly after the US Supreme Court ruled that:

(i) only juries and not judges have the power to impose the death penalty. It is estimated that
between 150 and 800 people could have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment as a
result of the Supreme Court ruling

(ii) the execution of the mentally disabled amounts to "cruel and unusual" punishment and is
therefore unconstitutional.

Graham. [email protected]
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