BOSTON - Today's verdict does not reflect the values of the majority of people in our Commonwealth. The ACLU of Massachusetts has been disappointed from the start that the federal government sought the death penalty in Massachusetts, which has rejected capital punishment. The last execution in the state of Massachusetts took place in 1947. Even in this case, Massachusetts opposition to the death penalty has been reflected in public opinion polls, in the pleas of religious leaders, and in statements by victims' families and survivors.
There are sixty one prisoners awaiting execution on the federal death row in Indiana, including one woman.
There have only been three federal executions in the last 50+ years.
It is an incredible waste of money, besides making the U.S. look backward in most of the industrialized world in which countries have abolished the death penalty.
63% of Massachusetts citizens oppose the death penalty. Those opposed to the death penalty were not permitted to sit on this jury of “peers”. Yet another facet of our Justice System as being more system than just hides in plain sight, despite the gushing volume of “considered” main-stream talking points which may attempt to obscure this.