Executions in 2013: min. 778 plus 'thousands' in China

Assumption: In principal the death penalty is good. It should just be applied correctly and assure that innocents are not being executed.

Quotes from letters:

........I plead that it be implemented again in Germany(of course only then when the facts of the offence have been proven 100%)!!!!...........

We are – as already presented - regardless of the question of guilt, against the death penalty, as we regard the punishment as cruel and adverse toward human rights.

But even if one shares the same view to the above-mentioned opinion and takes a look at the situation in the US, one should speak out an immediate moratorium on executions.

Since the reintroduction of the death penalty in 1976, 139 prisoners in the US have been released from death row because their innocence was proven. Statistically this means, that with every 7th execution, one innocent prisoner has been released.

Exculpatory evidence held back by police or the public prosecutor's office, falsified evidence, prosecution witnesses who lied before court or perjured and partially were even the perpetrators, false testimonies of forensic pathologists or other experts, racial prejudices or incompetence’s, disinterested public defenders who partially appeared in court under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fell asleep during the court proceedings or did not even know their client personally, are only some of the reasons that led to and still lead to innocent people being sentenced to death time and time again.

Numerous people sadly never had the time or luck to prove their innocence before being executed.

With such a legal system, anyone of us could become a victim of not only judicial error but also judicial murder.

There are no wealthy death row inmates in the US. 99% are poor and dependent on the assigned public defenders that in part, are entirely overexerted with such cases.

An impressive example for the difference between pretence and reality is found in the death penalty system of Illinois. The former governor Ryan of Illinois, very much a supporter of the death penalty, came to the realization that something was wrong with the death penalty system in his state. In Illinois since the reintroduction of the death penalty in 1977, 12 people were executed and 13 sentenced to death were released from death row due to serious procedural shortcomings or new emerging evidence. In more than 60 cases, suspects were driven to confess to crimes that they never committed through being beaten by police, suffocation attempts, electric shocks or being threatened with firearms.

The governor stopped the executions in 2000, declared an indefinite moratorium and appointed a commission that was to investigate the deficiencies in the 'death penalty system,' to develop proposals on how to make the death penalty just and how to rule out innocent people from being executed.     

On 04/15/2002 the commission presented their report: They called for 85 reforms on all levels of the procedure and formulated the following remarkable realization:

No system made by humans can work perfectly, so that it is not entirely possible to eliminate the possibility that an innocent person will be sentenced to death.

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