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Reform Jewish Movement Applauds President Bush’s Signing of The Justice For All Act
In response to President Bush’s signing into law of the Justice for All Act, Barbara Weinstein, Legislative Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, "Although we strongly believe that the unconscionable risk of executing the innocent will remain as long as the death penalty continues to be legal, this vital legislation is an important step in reducing the likelihood of such a tragic occurrence."
 

Weinstein: Although we strongly believe that the unconscionable risk of executing the innocent will remain as long as the death penalty continues to be legal, this vital legislation is an important step in reducing the likelihood of such a tragic occurrence.

 

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Washington, November 9, 2004 – In response to President Bush’s signing into law of the Justice for All Act, Barbara Weinstein, Legislative Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

 

The enactment of the Justice for All Act, which contains both the Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act and the Innocence Protection Act, is a long-overdue development in our justice system.  Although we strongly believe that the unconscionable risk of executing the innocent will remain as long as the death penalty continues to be legal, this vital legislation is an important step in reducing the likelihood of such a tragic occurrence.  Among other provisions, the bill insures that eligible death row inmates receive post-conviction access to DNA testing and that defense attorneys in capital cases are judged competent.  It also enacts the President’s DNA Initiative to eliminate cumbersome backlogs of DNA testing requests. 

 

With human life hanging in the balance, there can be no room for error in the application of justice in capital cases.  The prophet Zechariah enjoins us: “See that justice is done” and Jewish tradition teaches that a wrongful execution, like any murder, is equivalent to destroying the whole world.  Over the last 30 years, more than one-hundred innocent people have been wrongfully convicted of capital crimes only to be freed when new evidence resurfaces. We cannot tolerate mistakes of this grave nature.

 

It is our solemn obligation not just to promote justice, but also to stand up and decry injustice when we witness it. The enactment of the Justice for All Act is a symbol of our nation’s continuing efforts to end injustice, and hopefully, progress on the road to a complete end to the disgrace that is capital punishment.

 

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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