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NJ bans death penalty

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20071217/D8TJCK9G0.html

“TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed into law Monday a measure that abolishes the death penalty, making New Jersey the first state in more than four decades to reject capital punishment.

The bill, approved last week by the state's Assembly and Senate, replaces the death sentence with life in prison without parole.”

Congratulations to the New Jersey legislature and Governor Corzine for taking a bold step.  NJ has not executed anyone since 1963.

My primary opposition to the death penalty is that it is applied disproportionately to minorities, DNA testing is not always done in cases that predate DNA testing and the time from sentencing to application of the death penalty is usually so long (over a decade in most cases) that the delay mutes any deterent effect that most death penalty advocates like to cite.

Way to go NJ! 

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