The Death Penalty in Contemporary New York: 1994-2004

Leona Jochnowitz, University at Albany

This paper focuses on the 1994 New York gubernatorial election in which George Pataki defeated Mario Cuomo, the state death-penalty legisation drafted and approved following Governor Pataki's taking office, how the law has been administered since taking effect September 1, 1995, and legal challenges that have been raised and resolved regarding the New York death penalty statute. The paper discusses the major structural and applied challenges that have yet to be decided involving the death penalty law, and speculates about future capital punishment law and practices in New York.

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