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death penalty is the greatest denial of civil liberties.
are being sentenced to death. In the past 30 years, 122 inmates
to be innocent and released from death row, including Puerto
in the continental United States. The ACLU is working toward
a moratorium on the death penalty.
Puerto Rico the major struggle continues to be the insistent
of the Federal Death Penalty, and cases in which jurisdictions
Penalty statutes petition the Commonwealth government for
citizens living on the island. Puerto Rico's last execution
took place in
1927, and in 1929 the death penalty was abolished by statute.
1952, upon ratification of the Constitution of the Commonwealth
Rico, the Death Penalty became unconstitutionally impermissible
Rico. It is argued that this constitutional prohibition extends
to any role
the government may play in the execution of any citizen within
even if only limited to autorizing extradition to a death
United States District Court Case holding the Federal
Death Penalty Act of 1994 inapplicable to Puerto Rico—a
death penalty free jurisdiction. Read
The ACLU of Puerto Rico appeared before the
Puerto Rico Supreme Court in a case involving the extradition
of a citizen of Puerto Rico to a jurisdiction in the United
States in which defendant would be exposed to capital punishment
if found quilty.
Read ACLU Amicus
Brief (PDF) and the Opinion
(PDF) of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court (Spanish Language)
in People of Puerto Rico v. Juan Martinez Cruz