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President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, on Monday expressed serious concerns about the death penalty in the US and the glaring racial disparities in the implementation of capital punishment.
“I have had a great pause about the death penalty. I am very concerned about the large number of exonerations that have occurred through DNA evidence and otherwise, not only in death penalty convictions, but also in other convictions. I think it’s a terrible thing that occurs when somebody is convicted of a crime that they did not commit,” Garland said during his Senate confirmation hearing.
Garland conveyed consternation about the “increasing randomness, almost arbitrariness” of the use of the death penalty.
Since 1973, 185 people have been exonerated after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death, according to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC).
Merrick Garland on the death penalty: “I am very concerned about the large number of exonerations that have occurred through DNA evidence and otherwise, not only in death penalty convictions but also in other convictions.” https://t.co/TGMVqI0mzK pic.twitter.com/lZhgrnSChC
— USA TODAY Politics (@usatodayDC) February 22, 2021
“The data is clear that it has been enormously disparate impact on Black Americans …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics