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Wednesday, December 15, 2004


Mr. Strickland from Hill Valley High School in “Back to the Future” would know what to call those responsible: “Slackers!”

Use of Death Penalty Drops for Fifth Year
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters

NEW YORK (Dec. 14) -- This December is the first month in over a decade that no U.S. prisoner will be executed, reflecting what experts say is a gradual shift in America's views toward punishing its most violent criminals.

Broader concern about national security, court rulings questioning who should be executed and cases of convicts later found innocent have combined to slow the number of executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

This year's total of 59 is down 40 percent from five years ago. The all-time high since the reinstatement of the U.S. death penalty in 1976 was 98 executions in 1999. Last year there were 65 executions in the United States.


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