BUT DID THEY LISTEN?: THE NEW JERSEY DEATH PENALTY COMMISSION'S EXERCISE IN ABOLITIONISM: A REPLY

Author: 

Robert Blecker

On January 2, 2007, the New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission, with one dissenting vote, declared itself “pleased” to submit its report and recommendations to the Governor. The Commission had reached consensus: The legislature should simply abolish the death penalty and substitute life without parole. Although they personally supported capital punishment, some Commissioners voted to abolish it, despairing that the state’s “liberal” Supreme Court would never allow an execution to take place. Why dangle false hope before irate and grieving victims’ families? View More