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.

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/dec/23/death-sentence/?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/us/28memo.html?_r=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/opinion/30herbert.html

Editor's clarification: In his review, Justice Stevens implies that Oregon did not have the death penalty prior to 1978. What he meant was that Oregon did not have the death penalty at the time of the Furman decision in 1972. Oregon has had a death penalty statute throughout its history, except for 1914-1920 and 1964-1978, when it was repealed, and 1981-1984 when it was held unconstitutional by the Oregon Supreme Court.

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