Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AG Holder calls for death penalty moratorium

Attorney General Eric Holder has called for a moratorium on the death penalty pending a Supreme Court decision on the use of lethal injection drugs in Oklahoma, reported The Huffington Post.
Speaking at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Holder, noting that he was speaking in a personal capacity and not as a member of the administration, said the "inevitable" possibility of executing an innocent individual is what makes him oppose capital punishment.
"Our system of justice is the best in the world. It is comprised of men and women who do the best they can, get it right more often than not, substantially more right than wrong," Holder said. "There's always the possibility that mistakes will be made ... It's for that reason that I am opposed to the death penalty."
He continued: "I think fundamental questions about the death penalty need to be asked. And among them, the Supreme Court's determination as to whether or not lethal injection is consistent with our Constitution is one that ought to occur. From my perspective, I think a moratorium until the Supreme Court made that determination would be appropriate."
Holder clarified that his personal views on the matter are not part of an ongoing Justice Department review of state execution practices.
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