A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

EU protests death penalty after 1,000th US execution

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] has released a statement [text] criticizing the death penalty after North Carolina executed Kenneth Lee Boyd [JURIST report], marking the 1,000th execution in the US since the US Supreme Court lifted a 10 year moratorium [DPIC backgrounder] on capital punishment in 1976. "We consider this punishment cruel and inhuman," said the statement. "It does not act as a deterrent and any miscarriage of justice -- which is inevitable in any legal system -- is irreversible." The EU commended the Supreme Court on 2002 and 2005 decisions declaring the execution of mentally deficient and juvenile offenders unconstitutional, but urged the US to reconsider its withdrawal [JURIST report] from the Optional Protocol of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) [text], which "gives the right to consular assistance in death penalty cases." Today, 38 of the 50 states and the US government permit capital punishment; according to Amnesty International [advocacy website]. Only China, Iran and Vietnam executed more citizens in 2004 than the US. Reuters has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.