Now that eighteen states have abolished the death penalty, we need just eight more to do so, before a constitutional challenge to it is ripe. Once a majority of the states have abolished it, then a renewal of the 1972 challenge that the death penalty is “cruel and unusual punishment,” as well as applied in a racist, discriminatory manner will be worth bringing.
The campaigns against the death penalty need to focus its efforts on the eight states that are most likely to abolish their death penalties. Since it’s home to over 10 percent of the US population, I hope that California will be the first.
Richard Sussman, Attorney/Mediator
May 16 2013 - 3:47pm