Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Jimmy Carter calls for new death penalty moratorium

Jimmy Carter calls for new moratorium on death penalty
by Ed Pilkington

In an interview with the Guardian, former President Jimmy Carter calls on the US supreme court to reintroduce the ban on capital punishment that it imposed between 1972 and 1976. The death penalty today, he said, was every bit as arbitrary as it was when the nine justices suspended it on grounds of inconsistency in the case of Furman v Georgia 41 years ago.

“It’s time for the Supreme Court to look at the totality of the death penalty once again,” Carter said. “My preference would be for the court to rule that it is cruel and unusual punishment, which would make it prohibitive under the US constitution.”

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