I was proud to be a resident of the State of New Jersey yesterday as Governor Corzine signed into law the abolishment of capital punishment.

New Jersey is the first state since 1976 — when the Supreme Court reinstalled capital punishment as an option — to legislatively abolish the death penalty. New Jersey hasn’t murdered any inmates since 1963 even though eight people were on death row. A State is required to be better than its people.

Currently, 36 other states currently kill their citizens. State-sponsored executions have always been an anathema to freedom loving people who rebel against heightened immorality, unfair administrative convictions, and a frustrated and broken system of justice that chooses death over life out of desperation and not need. The death penalty deterred nothing. Now New Jersey will provide a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and that policy is not only a moral victory, but a win for science as well.

With the rise of DNA testing, and inmate exoneration, current “death sentences” have been, and shall be, repudiated, with genetic evidence. This month alone, two people in other states had their death sentences overturned, and in one case the defendant was found “not guilty” after a new trial. When a State wrongly executes someone based on bad information or by using outdated technology — bits of the living die as well.

Now, with New Jersey’s death moratorium, all avenues of protection are preserved in the name of human justice and that is something every citizen of the world must celebrate.

26 Comments

  1. Chuffed is right, Gordon! 😆
    I’ve been waiting to write about this until it finally became law. Corzine is finally getting some game. I think his car accident really took a lot out of him. Now he’s beginning to deliver on the promise of his leadership. It’s a great day to be in New Jersey.

  2. The death penalty was suspended for murder in the UK in 1965 for a period of five years. It was abolished altogether in 1969.
    However you could still receive the death penalty for the following ( Date finally abolished in brackets afterwards.)
    Treason (1998),
    Piracy with violence (1998),
    Causing a fire or explosion in a naval dockyard, ship, magazine or warehouse (1971),
    Espionage (1981)
    Certain crimes under the jurisdiction of the armed forces, such as mutiny (1998).

  3. Yipes, Karvain! That’s a blunt statement but a good point, I guess. It is fascinating how many fundamentalists want to preserve the “life” of the “unborn fetus” but they do not generally have the same compassion for those sitting on death row. I wonder why?

  4. We voted to ratify the 6th protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights.
    “Protocol 6 – death penalty
    Requires parties to restrict the application of the death penalty to times of war or “imminent threat of war”.

  5. The holiday doldrums have started early then!
    I expect they are all out at their office parties and not in the office surfing while they are at work !
    56% – there is a lot of work to do then ………. sighs

  6. Yes, these two weeks Christmas/New Years are dull as are the two weeks around the 4th of July. The last week of August is also quiet.
    People are under the wrong assumption that the death penalty protects them and deters murder — neither are true.