USA: Another brick from the wall: Connecticut abolishes death penalty, and North Carolina judge issues landmark race ruling, as momentum against capital punishment continues

Index Number: AMR 51/028/2012

Connecticut became USA’s 17th abolitionist state on 25 April 2012. Amnesty International welcomes this decision but regrets that Connecticut’s abolitionist law is not retroactive. The report also reflects on recent executions in Delaware and Ohio. The report then takes a look at the state court decision issued under the Racial Justice Act in North Carolina, before drawing attention to the failure of the US federal authorities to work for abolition as international standards could be said to expect of it.

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