Romney says innocent protected under proposed Massachusetts death penalty

[JURIST] Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney [official website] has told the joint House and Senate Judiciary Committee that his proposal to reinstate the death penalty [JURIST report; press release] would ensure that no innocent people were executed by including multiple levels of review and a unique "no doubt" standard of guilt. The proposal would utilize scientific evidence such as DNA and a review by the Supreme Judicial Court [official website]. Testifying [DOC] Thursday, Romney called the proposal "as foolproof a death penalty as exists." Massachusetts is one of only 12 states without capital punishment and has not executed an inmate since 1947. AP has more.



 

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