abolition death penalty Michigan

Reply Wed 7 Mar, 2012 10:58 pm
I was surprised to read that Michigan abolished the death penalty way back in 1846 and thought that there must have been some truly monstrous miscarriage of justice to bring this about but have been unable to determine the reason.

Anyone know?
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Reply Wed 7 Mar, 2012 11:19 pm

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Reply Wed 7 Mar, 2012 11:23 pm

1835: Back in Sandwich (Windsor), Ontario, Canada,
Patrick Fitzpatrick's former roommate lay on his deathbed.
Needing to clear his conscience before departing this world, the
man confessed that it was he who had raped and killed the
innkeeper's daughter in 1828. In Detroit, Fitzpatrick's hometown,
people were enraged that an innocent man had been executed.

1846: Michigan had just become a State, and the first
official act of the legislature was to constitutionally abolish the
death penalty. The constitutional language was approved in the
Spring of 1847, and became official on March 1st, 1847. They
had learned their (history) lesson well. The people of Michigan
continue to hold forth to their noble heritage; the current penalty
for capital crimes is a mandatory life sentence with no chance of
parole. The sentence can only be commuted by the governor. The
very, very few, and none in recent years, life sentences
which have been commuted, occurred only after an average of
29 years have been served.
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Reply Wed 7 Mar, 2012 11:36 pm
Interesting, seems my assumption was correct.

I know it's a very controversial issue but I've never understood anyone supporting the death penalty given how many innocent people are found guilty of serious crimes, although sometimes I can see the other sides point of view.
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