Tuesday, January 17, 2006

New Jersey passes death penalty moratium

New Jersey has become the third state in the U.S. to begin a moratium on the death penalty after recently passing a bill. This story is from the Catholic News Service:

The bill suspends executions until Jan. 15, 2007, while a task force studies how the death penalty has been applied in the state. New Jersey would become the third state to enact such a moratorium.

Under executive orders, Illinois and Maryland previously suspended executions while similar studies were conducted. With a different governor in office, Maryland has since lifted the moratorium and resumed executions. The Illinois moratorium has remained in place since 2000.

Read the whole story here.

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