USA: California vote allows death penalty experiment to continue
Four decades after California’s Supreme Court abolished the death penalty, only to have it reinstated by popular vote, an effort to persuade the electorate to end the state’s experiment with judicial killing has narrowly failed. If passed, California would have become the 18th abolitionist state in the United States of America. The near success of Proposition 34 should spur the sort of principled human rights leadership too often absent but much needed across the country to bring abolition closer.
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