Civil Liberties Minute

Will the death penalty finally die in 2017?

In late December 2016, the Florida Supreme Court invalidated the death sentences of about half the 400 people awaiting execution in that state. In response, The New York Times wrote, “The Florida decision is the most recent sign, in a year full of them, that the morally abhorrent practice of capital punishment is sliding into the dustbin of American history—where it should have been long ago.”

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