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UNITED STATES. DEATH SENTENCES FALL TO RECORD LOW SINCE 1976, THE NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

April 26, 2005: the number of people sentenced to death last year in the United States fell to the lowest level since the US Supreme Court reinstated the penalty in 1976.
There were 125 people sent to death row in 2004, down from 144 the previous year and the sixth consecutive annual decline, according to figures compiled by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In 1998, 300 people received death sentences.
Miriam Gohara, assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said one major cause for the decline is high profile exonerations based on DNA evidence. She said that jurors are less willing to impose the penalty when they see that the system occasionally fails.
The high court has issued a series of decisions narrowing the death penalty, putting a stop to the execution of juveniles, the insane and the mentally retarded. There also are more jurisdictions where jurors are given options other than death, said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center. (Sources: The Guardian, 25/04/2005)

IRAN. GAY BLACKMAILER HANGED
YEMEN. MOTHER, 21, FACES FIRING SQUAD
UNITED STATES. AKBAR SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING COMRADES
EU. EURO LAWMAKERS BLAST EU'S SOFTER LINE TOWARD CUBA
INDIA. SEVEN SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER AMERICAN CENTRE ATTACK
CHINA. NEW WAVE OF ARRESTS AGAINST FALUN GONG
CHINA. FORMER LEGISLATOR SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE, FRAUD
CHINA. NINE GANG MEMBERS EXECUTED IN XUCHANG AFTER DEATH PENALTY UPHELD
CUBA. OLIVIERO TOSCANI’S EXHIBITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN CASTRO’S REGIME OPENS IN BARCELONA
CHINA. WEN SAYS COUNTRY WORKING HARD TO RATIFY UN RIGHTS CONVENTION
INDIANA. EXECUTED FOR RAPE AND MURDER
AFGHANISTAN. WOMAN STONED TO DEATH FOR ADULTERY
IRAN. HANGED FOR MURDER
NIGERIA. COURT SENTENCES 15 TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR MURDERS
PHILIPPINES. TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR PEDDLING ECSTASY
GENEVA. EX DEATH ROW INMATE MAKES PLEA FOR A UN MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS
SAUDI ARABIA. EGYPTIAN BEHEADED FOR RAPE, MURDER
CARIBBEAN. LEADERS INAUGURATE OWN COURT OF JUSTICE
BANGLADESH. 22 ON DEATH ROW FOR AWAMI LEADER KILLING
USA. LETHAL INJECTION EXECUTION 'CRUEL', RESEARCHERS
IRAN. MAN PUBLICLY HANGED FOR ROBBING BANK
U.N. RIGHTS BODY KEEPS PRESSURE ON CUBA
NACDL. 2005 SPRING MEETING AND THE DEATH PENALTY
NEW YORK, USA. LAWMAKERS VOTE NOT TO REINSTATE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
IRAN. TWO MEN HANGED FOR MURDER
IRAQ. NEW PRESIDENT OPPOSED TO SADDAM DEATH SENTENCE
GENEVA. BRIEFING FOR RELAUNCHING A UN MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS
IRAN. POLITICAL PRISONER FACING IMMINENT EXECUTION
MALI. COURT HANDS DOWN FIVE DEATH SENTENCES OVER RELIGIOUS CLASH
COUNCIL OF EUROPE. FRATTINI PROPOSES EUROPEAN ANTI DEATH PENALTY DAY

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