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November 2007 , Page 5 

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Calling for a Moratorium on Capital Prosecutions and Executons

By Carmen D. Hernandez

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Two important events occurred the last week of September, just as the Supreme Court was to begin this term. The first was a final report1 of a 30-month study by the American Bar Association on Ohio’s death penalty system, in which the study group found the state in full compliance with only 4 out of 93 protocols developed by the ABA to assess death penalty jurisprudence. The second was the Supreme Court’s announcement the next day that it would hear Baze v. Rees, an Eighth Amendment civil rights challenge to Kentucky’s lethal injection protocols.2 Counsel for the two petitioners is NACDL member David M. Barron of the distinguished Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. In the days that followed, NACDL issued a statement calling once again for an immediate national moratorium on executions and capital trials.

The four-score problems the ABA identified in the Ohio system run through death penalty systems throughout the country. A number of the recommendatio

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