American Law Institute Drops Support Of Capital-Justice System


The American Law Institute, which created the intellectual framework for the capital justice system almost 50 years ago, has walked away from the issue, says the New York Times. Law Prof. Franklin Zimring of the University of California Berkeley calls ALI, an organization of judges, lawyers, and academics, “the only intellectually respectable support for the death penalty system in the United States.”

The institute's decision to abandon the field was a compromise. Some members had asked it to come out against the death penalty. Instead, it voted in October to disavow the structure it had created “in light of the current intractable institutional and structural obstacles to ensuring a minimally adequate system for administering capital punishment.”

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