China Makes Death Penalty Reforms

The number of wrongfully convicted persons is not just a problem in the U.S. Even China recognizes that mistakes can happen. While it would be preferable for China to abolish the death penalty altogether, this news is encouraging:

China's highest court must approve all executions under legislation enacted Tuesday, prompting human rights activists to express hope that the country will reduce its use of the death penalty.

The amendment to China's capital punishment law follows reports of wrongly convicted people being executed and criticism that the death penalty has been imposed arbitrarily by lower courts.

What is the Bush Administration doing? You guessed it. Nothing. And don't cite the watered-down version of the Innocence Protection Act. That ended up with almost all funds going to test old rape kits to catch perpetrators, with a very small percentage going to test or re-test DNA in cases showing innocence.

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    by phat on Wed Nov 01, 2006 at 01:33:14 AM EST
    That's actually a pretty big step.

    I'll be curious to see what happens with this. Granted, it won't save the innocent from getting executed. Repealing the death penalty is the only way to do that. But it's pretty startling.