Executing Capital Punishment Via Case Study: A Socratic Chat About New Jersey's Abolition of the Death Penalty and Convincing Other States to Follow Suit.

31 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2009 Last revised: 5 Oct 2009

James B. Johnston

Seton Hall University - School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

For those who detest capital punishment Christmas arrived early in 2007. On December 17 of that year, New Jersey became the first State to abolish the death penalty via enactments from both the executive and legislative branches of government. New Jersey was able to do so thanks to the work of the New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission; a blue ribbon panel appointed by the Governor to study capital punishment and provide its findings to the legislature and Governor. The Commission's report recommended that New Jersey abolish capital punishment. The objective analysis of both sides of the capital punishment debate makes this report the most credible piece of work on the death penalty in years. This article provides an objective step by step analysis of the Commission's report. It also provides a blueprint for other States who wish to follow suit by executing capital punishment.

Suggested Citation

Johnston, James B., Executing Capital Punishment Via Case Study: A Socratic Chat About New Jersey's Abolition of the Death Penalty and Convincing Other States to Follow Suit. (2008). Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2008 ; Journal of Legislation, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2008; Seton Hall Public Law Research Paper No. 1464069. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1464069

James B. Johnston (Contact Author)

Seton Hall University - School of Law ( email )

One Newark Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5210
United States

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