The American Bar Association has called for a freeze on executions across the country. In reaching its recommendation, the ABA looked at the death penalty in eight states: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. The ABA did not look at methods of executions, an issue now before the Supreme Court. Among the reasons cited:
Spotty collection and preservation of DNA evidence, which has been used to exonerate more than 200 inmates;
Misidentification by eyewitnesses;
False confessions from defendants; and
Persistent racial disparities that make death sentences more likely when victims are white.
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