Stay of execution

A moratorium on the death penalty

It took Richard Nixon, a fervent anticommunist, to begin a new era of relations with communist China, and perhaps it takes a Republican supporter of capital punishment to launch a new era of opposition to the death penalty. A few weeks ago Illinois Governor George Ryan declared a moratorium on executions, saying that his state has a “shameful record of convicting innocent people and putting them on death row.”


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