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A Wise Delay Governor Ryans decision to suspend the death penalty is already starting to have a valuable impact on the rest of nation Other states are starting to aid in Governor Ryans quest to improve death penalty systems Last week a representative from the state of Wisconsin requested that President Clinton put a hold on executions until the federal death penalty system can be reviewed Clinton is an avid supporter of the death penalty and only promised to consider it Since 1973 eighty-five people have been released from death row in the federal system because of mis-verdicts Twenty-one federal inmates still remain on death row Juan Raoul Garza is one of these death row inmates Despite the governments past mistakes he is scheduled to be executed this year President Clinton should think long and hard before reopening the federal death chamber Because the federal justice system dose not do its job correctly many innocent people may have or will die on death row According to the article A Federal Execution Moratorium-misconduct unbelievably erroneous evidence and false testimony by jailhouse informants can and has lead to mistaken verdicts Rolando Cruz is an excellent example of a terrible mistake made by the federal government He was convicted of the 1983 rape and murder of ten-year-old Jeanine Nicarico and put on death row His freedom was suspended to him even after Brian Dugan came forth to admit his sole involvment in the murder Cruz remained on death row while prosecutors try to prove Dugan was lying DNA testing proved that Cruz was not the source of semen samples taken from Nicaricos body however Dugan was a perfect match Cruz remained on death row November 4 1995 12 years after his original arrest Cruz was released Not only did Cruz loose twelve prime years of his life He almost lost his whole life Judge Ronald Mehling said he released Cruz because the initial murder
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