RESOLUTION ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
WHEREAS, the American Ethical Union affirms the worth and dignity of every human being and has repeatedly, by Resolutions expressed its opposition to capital punishment, and
WHEREAS, governments which employ the death penalty suffer diminished ethical standing, and
WHEREAS, more than four score innocent persons have been released from death row after their convictions for capital crimes were shown to have been in error, and
WHEREAS, improper and illegal actions by law enforcement officials, which provide juries and judges with inaccurate or insufficient evidence which in turn has resulted in erroneous convictions, leads the American Bar Association to say that the administration of the death penalty is "a haphazard maze of unfair practices with no internal consistencies," and
WHEREAS, execution of any convicted but innocent person is an irreversible act, now
THEREFORE, the American Ethical Union, in pursuit of the goal of establishing the highest ethical principles as moral standards for the laws and government of the United States.
Adopted by the Board of Directors of the American Ethical Union - June 1, 2000
at Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
Source: Original Document Distributed at the 87th Assembly
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