how is it possible that the State of NY haven't execute a criminal since 1976?

I mean isn't New York City a bit violent?


So NY is officially a State with no death penalty for being anti-constitutional?

8 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    There are people on death row in New York.

    "[...] New York has not had an execution since 1976. There is currently a court ordered moratorium in effect."

    On June 24, 2004, the death penalty statute of New York was declared unconstitutional through the ruling in People v. Stephen LaValle.

    "Court Says New York’s Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

    New York’s highest court has ruled that a provision of the state’s capital punishment statute violates the state constitution, a decision that appears to invalidate the sentences of all four men on New York’s death row. In New York, if a jury deadlocks, the judge imposes a sentence of 20-25 years to life, giving the possibility of parole. In its 4-3 ruling, the Court of Appeals said that these sentencing rules might unconstitutionally coerce jurors into voting for a death sentence rather than risk a deadlock by holding out for life without parole. The Court advised the legislature to correct the sentencing problem if the state is to continue trying defendants on capital charges. (Associated Press, June 24, 2004)"

    In other words with the apellate court ruling there is no more Death Penalty - Unfortunately!

    Technically yes it is still on the books - but under an appeal that will last for a significant amount of time.

    Source(s): Retired NYPD
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    New York City and the lovelier New York State, actually is a happy place to live, fabulous at times, even,and although there is still a lot of crime and grime in a huge city like New York, it does get by without having to execute murderers, and may well serve a good example to more of the hard handed states that do, but are still not any safer for it....

    Yep, that also means even Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon, is still locked up in Attica. That doesn't mean Yoko can't appeal to the commission to reject his parole every time it comes up, though...

  • 1 decade ago

    NYC has actually cleaned itself up alot the past 15-20 years. That and many states, NY included don't give out the death penalty anymore or exercise extreme caution before giving it out.

  • 1 decade ago

    wow 1976? Seems about the time Gary Gilmore was executed in Nevada (?) as the first in decades in the US.

    How long before the one in 1976 was the previous one? Was it even after WWII?

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  • 5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Easy answer. No judge has passed a death sentence and nobody has pulled the lever/switch.

  • John
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Why don't you open an investigation and get to the bottom of this...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yup...They have found a better way.....

    They just put them in office!!!!

    Hey Yo!!!

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