Julian Bond, Chairman of the Board, National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), called on President Bush to
immediately halt federal executions. Bond issued his statement on June 13th
during testimony before the Senate Sub-Committee on the Constitution,
Federalism and Property Rights.
Bond said, Current information about the administration of the federal
death penalty calls for an immediate executive moratorium on federal
executions. No federal execution should be carried out at a time when the
nation questions the reliability and fairness of capital punishment and no
person should be executed until it is certain that the process does not
The NAACP Chairmans statement was submitted along with other members of
Citizens for a Moratorium on Federal Executions (CMFE), which is a group
of individuals with differing views on the authority of government to
impose the death penalty. The coalition says the purpose of the moratorium
is to allow a period for careful study about the administration of the
federal death penalty.
Last year during its annual meeting, the NAACP National Board of Directors
approved, by resolution, a moratorium on all death row executions until
then-President Clinton and all U.S. Governors can conduct a clear,
comprehensive review and study of the fairness and accuracy of the death
Bond said, We await action by this Administration which will assure the
American public that if we are to have a federal death penalty,
reliability, fairness and equality will be guaranteed.
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