New Jersey Repeals the Death Penalty

Just excerpting the New York Times article:

Gov. Corzine signed into law a measure repealing New Jersey’s death penalty on Monday, making the state the first in a generation to abolish capital punishment.



Corzine declared an end to what he called “state-endorsed killing,” and said that New Jersey could serve as a model for other states.


The process of abolishing the death penalty moved forward at an unusually fast pace. A bill replacing capital punishment with life in prison with no chance of parole first passed a Senate committee in May, but did not advance any further until this month. Leaders of both chambers in state Legislature made the bill a top priority of the current legislative session, and vowed after the November elections to vote on the issue before the end of the year.

In less than two weeks, the bill passed the state Senate and General Assembly and was signed by the governor.

What else is there to say, other than thank you New Jersey.  You are the first state to abolish state-endorsed murder since the Supreme Court restored it in 1976.  (Why do we think of the 70's as liberal?)  And I hope that Gov. Corzine is right that New Jersey is the start of a national trend.

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