From the American Thinker’s graph of the day feature for November 11, 2009.
“The General Assembly today adopted… a moratorium on executions to be established in all States that still maintain the death penalty…” United Nations. “From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death… I feel… obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.” Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, appointed by President Nixon and author of the Roe v Wade decision.
“I cannot say it more eloquently than Justice Blackmun… I must act… today I am commuting the sentences of all death row inmates… I will sleep well knowing I made the right decision.” George Ryan, former (Republican) governor of Illinois, now serving a prison sentence for corruption.
Sources: US Department of Justice: executions, homicide rate.
Hoven’s Index for November 11, 2009
Number of academic studies between 2001 and 2007 showing that the death penalty is a deterrent: 12.
Number of murders deterred per execution: 3, 5, 14, or 18, depending on the study.
Number of estimated homicides resulting from four years worth of Illinois’ death penalty moratorium: 150.
Source: CBS News, reporting in 2007 on academic studies regarding the death penalty.