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[nygreen] Gov. Paterson ends Death Row in NY! (fwd)

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  • Paul Gilman
    Here s some great news. Paul ... Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 19:26:21 -0400 From: Mitchel Cohen Reply-To: nygreen@yahoogroups.com To:
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      Here's some great news.

      Paul

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      Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 19:26:21 -0400
      From: Mitchel Cohen <mitchelcohen@...>
      Reply-To: nygreen@yahoogroups.com
      To: actiongreens@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [nygreen] Gov. Paterson ends Death Row in NY!

      From: New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty <atalanta26pt2@...>
      Colleen Eren, Organizing Director
      www.nyadp.org/
      info@...

      Good News!

      NY Governor Paterson took action today to further
      make the death penalty a thing of the past in New
      York—as reported in the NY Post, he has "Pullled
      the Switch on the Death Cell," the execution
      chamber at the GreenHaven Correctional facility.

      This is great news, and one that brings us even
      closer to our ideal of a state without capital punishment.

      Please write, call, or e-mail Paterson to thank him!

      David A. Paterson
      State Capitol
      Albany, NY 12224
      518-474-8390
      http://161.11.121.121/govemail

      Of course, writing a letter to the editor of the
      Post supporting the decision, even if only a few
      sentences, helps us get out our message all the
      more strongly. You can fill out a letter at the Post's opinion site:
      http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/letters/letters_editor.htm

      Thank you for all you do! Colleen and the NYADP Team

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      GOV PULLS SWITCH ON DEATH CELL
      By BRENDAN SCOTT,
      Post Correspondent

      July 24, 2008 ALBANY - The Paterson
      administration has put to death one of capital
      punishment's last vestiges - the execution chamber known as the "death house."

      The Department of Correctional Services has
      quietly struck from the books a 40-year-old rule
      that designated the upstate Green Haven
      Correctional Facility the state's "Capital Punishment Unit."

      The procedural move by Gov. Paterson, a Democrat
      who opposes capital punishment, completes the
      long, slow demise of the 1995 statute that
      reinstated the death penalty after a 23-year hiatus.

      Although seven defendants were sentenced to death
      after then-Gov. George Pataki, a Republican,
      signed the law, the death house has never hosted
      an execution. The two-cell unit sits vacant in an
      isolated wing of the Dutchess County prison.
      Equipment for lethal injection has been removed.
      The defunct death house is visited once a week for cleaning.

      The Court of Appeals ruled the Pataki statute
      unconstitutional last year. Correction spokesman
      Erik Kriss said the death-house regulation was
      deemed unnecessary as part of an annual review of agency protocols.

      "What the court said is, 'If you want executions
      in this state, the Legislature is going to have
      to enact a new statute or fix the statute,' " Kriss said.

      "If it does, we will adopt any new reg, rule or directive as needed."

      Death-penalty supporters blasted the unilateral
      move by Paterson, likening it to his recent
      directive ordering New York to recognize gay marriages performed out of state.

      "It's another decision by fiat," said Sen. Martin
      Golden (R-Brooklyn), who has sponsored a bill to
      make cop killers eligible for lethal injection.

      "It should be a decision by the Legislature. This
      governor wasn't elected. He's got to let the legislators legislate."

      The cop-killer legislation is among several
      attempts by the Republican-run Senate to restore
      the death penalty, but the bills have failed to
      move in the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
      Approval has seemed less likely since Paterson
      succeeded disgraced Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who was pro-death penalty, in March.



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