Death Penalty Moratorium Bill to be Considered in Legislature

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Many of those who oppose the death penalty are pinning hopes on the bill that would place a moratorium on any future executions through January, 2009.  The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Paul Koretz says that would give a state commission studying the death penalty time to do its job. 

“In the meantime I think it makes sense to halt the executions while we’re looking at how to make the system more accurate and how to make sure we’re not executing innocent people…” 

That bill is scheduled for hearing in January before the Assembly Public Safety Committee--  just before the next scheduled execution of 75-year-old Clarence Ray Allen, who’s convicted of three murders.