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United States of America: New Year's resolution: End a cruel and outdated punishment

, Index number: AMR 51/205/2006

On 15 December 2006, executions in California and Florida were suspended because of problems with their lethal injection procedures. In each state, the governor has indicated his wish to fix the system in order that the judicial killing can continue. On 19 December 2006, the Maryland Court of Appeals halted executions after finding that its lethal injection protocols had been adopted improperly. The issue will now be placed within the elected branches of government. How much longer will the United States cling to this cruel and outdated punishment?

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