NATIONAL COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY:
AMERICANS SHOULD VIEW LETHAL INJECTION DECISION
AS CALL TO ACTION
Washington, DC—Following the Supreme Court ruling this morning in Glossip v. Gross that Oklahoma may use the drug Midozalam as they carry out executions by lethal injection, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty released the following statement from its Executive Director, Diann Rust-Tierney:
“Today, the Supreme Court ruled that using a cocktail of illegal drugs, which has been proven to cause torture in the prisoners to whom it’s been administered, as a form of execution, is not ‘cruel or unusual’ punishment.
“It’s hard to imagine what could be crueler than a prolonged, torturous death, or more unusual, given that 80% of the executions in the United States last year took place in just 3 states. [emphasis added]
“The death penalty is on the outs, with even conservative states like Nebraska outlawing the policy. Yet that message clearly hasn’t risen up to the highest Court in the land. That means our work is far from done.
“Americans from all walks of life must recommit ourselves to ensuring that policymakers, attorneys and, yes, the Supreme Court understand America doesn’t want or need the death penalty any more. That’s exactly the goal of the 90 Million Strong campaign, and the reason we feel confident that one day, not one more American will be put to death by the government.”
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Christy Setzer, President
New Heights Communications
(202) 506-6421 office
(617) 512-7572 cell
Please join the 90 Million Strong effort to end all executions. Justice and vengeance are not even synonyms, let alone one and the same.