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Moratorium on executions is necessary for justice USA TODAY is to be commended for its fine editorial calling for a moratorium on executions It has become clearer than ever that a moratorium is a necessity Case against death penalty grows with new exonerations Our View Capital punishment debate FridayHowever the accompanying Opposing View supporting the death penalty suggests Illinois is the only state that has failed to follow the rules in capital sentencing Faulty convictions are rareIn the 20 other states that have released people from death row did the prosecutors juries and judges really follow the rules when these innocent men and women were sentenced to deathThe author of the Opposing View -- Michael Rushford president of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation -- also cites evidence purportedly showing that innocent people are rarely sentenced to deathShould we be comfortable with a criminal justice system that rarely sentences innocent people to deathA death-penalty moratorium is a cease-fire in a struggle filled with emotion and political rhetoric Even in Philadelphia a city that has sent more people to death row than 37 states and is known to some as the capital of capital punishment the City Council earlier this month overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on executions in PennsylvaniaThe death penalty is one of the most controversial issues of our time A death-penalty moratorium though is something upon which we can all agree If as many death penalty supporters like to contend the system is fair and just it is incumbent on them to prove itUSA TODAY states that 85 people have been released from death row since 1973 either because of errors at trial or the discovery of exonerating evidence Actually about 2000 have been so released since 1973 by the extraordinary due process of the death penalty procedureAccording to unconfirmed anti-death penalty sources about 25 to 45 of those may have proof of factual innocence That is about 05
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