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More proof that the death penalty is out of touch with modern thinking: death sentences drop in 2009

DPICFrom The New York Times’s “Death Sentences Dropped, but Executions Rose in ’09“:

Death sentences handed down by judges and juries in 2009 continued a trend of decline for seven years in a row, with 106 projected for the year. That level is down two-thirds from a peak of 328 in 1994, according to the report being released Friday by the Death Penalty Information Center, a research organization that opposes capital punishment.

“This entire decade has been marked by a declining use of the death penalty,” said Richard Dieter, the executive director of the group.

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