Statement on Botched Execution of Joseph Wood
"We’ve all known for a long time that the death penalty is arbitrarily applied, unfair, and risks the execution of innocent people,” said Dan Peitzmeyer, president of Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona.
"Now it’s becoming frighteningly clear that the lethal injection protocol is broken too. Arizona denied the Dietz family peace at the very moment they were promised it as now this execution will cycle through the news over and over again. Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona calls for a complete, thorough, and transparent review of today’s botched execution and a halt to all executions until the court has reviewed the state’s procedure as well."
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Conservatives Opposing the Death Penalty
MSNBC commentator Lawrence O'Donnell discusses conservative opposition to the death penalty: "A group of conservatives have launched a group to try and get more Republicans to come out against capital punishment. Lawrence O’Donnell has more in his Rewrite."
The 2% Death Penalty
"Although death penalty cases come from a small number of counties, all state taxpayers share the high cost of pursuing the death penalty, and the costs of review by federal courts are drawn from taxpayers across the country." We encourage you to watch this video from the Death Penalty Information Center entitled "The 2% Death Penalty: How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases".