Release Date:  May 6, 2014
Contact:  Michael Rushford
(916) 446-0345

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Previous Reports Have Been Badly Slanted and of Little Value, Victims' Advocates Note

The Constitution Project intends to release another report on the death penalty Wednesday. Although the organization bills itself as "bipartisan" and claims participation by supporters of capital punishment, past reports have been uniformly one-sided, according to the Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, an organization supporting the rights of victims of crime.

"The primary problem in capital punishment today is that thoroughly deserved sentences of brutal murderers take far too long to carry out," noted CJLF's Legal Director Kent Scheidegger. "The Constitution Project has ignored this problem in the past and defined 'problems' solely from the murderers' viewpoint, and we expect they will again," he added.

In light of the execution in Oklahoma last week, most of the public attention will likely focus on execution methods. Starting in 2009 in Ohio, the states most actively carrying out executions have moved toward a single overdose of pentobarbital, the same method veterinarians routinely use to painlessly euthanize animals. This simple solution to the method of execution problem has been obstructed by opponents of capital punishment intimidating suppliers of the drug into withholding it from state corrections departments.

"Based on their past reports, I expect The Constitution Project will not offer a single constructive suggestion toward solving the real problem and assuring a supply of pentobarbital," said Scheidegger.

CJLF Legal Director Kent Scheidegger is available for comment at (916) 446-0345.