Capital Punishment: Killing the Death Penalty

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

By inches, the death penalty is dying in the U.S. It has been abolished or drastically restricted in 13 states. U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has publicly stated his opposition. Executions have declined from an alltime recorded high of 199 in 1935 to seven in 1965 and one last year. There has been only one so far this year (TIME, April 21), and now a major legal assault has been mounted in an attempt to make that execution the last.

"Cruel & Unusual." Leading the attack are the American Civil Liberties Union...

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