It's not time to stop the executions, it's time to stop the corruption and end the careers of corrupt officials that practice unlawful behaviors such as concealing evidence, coercing witnesses, jury tampering, buying judges, etc...
When you have detectives that are lazy, eager to close cases and over zealous in the pursuit of a conviction, you end up with an unprofessional investigation, sloppy collection of evidence, unthorough questioning of witnesses & suspects and just an overall disorganized body of police work.
What adds insult to injury are judges that are more focused on re-elections than bringing the truth to the surface or doing their best to ensure justice is served, no matter the cost of the pursuit. When that is ignored or not placed into practice you have a tarnished justice system that will inevitably convict an innocent man.
In cases where prosecutors were so hard up to win a case at any expense, innocent people spent many years in prison or had been wrongly put to death. This is all directly related to poor investigations, uneducated or prejudicial jurors, dirty prosecutors, judges that are more concerned with clearing their calendars than the facts of the case and/or the use of jailhouse snitches anxious to spew lies in exchange for freedom or reduced sentences.
Case in point: Reggie DeShawn Cole, incarcerated for 14 years, on a murder & attempted robbery conviction, that he never committed. He maintained his innocence throughout his trial & incarceration. It was only because of his attorney Christopher Plourd, that exculpatory evidence including fabricated testimony & forensic/fingerprint evidence NOT from Cole was actually discovered.
Plourd enlisted the California Innocence Project to assist in the effort to get Cole's conviction overturned. They filed a petition alleging ineffective counsel, prosecutors withheld key evidence and knowingly introduced false evidence at trial. In April 2009 a judge vacated the murder conviction.
And there you have it! The answer to reducing the chances of wronfully executing an innocent man is have your checks and balances together throughout the investigation and trial process.
Typical American idiots - when they execute the wrong man instead of saying we need more professional detectives, ethical prosecutors that thoroughly research the evidence presented and judges that are more concerned with getting the truth-than a re-election, they say let's stop the death penalty. How about let's prosecute the criminal judges, grimy detectives, dirty D.A.'s and perjurious witnesses that muddy evidence and twist truths?
The nucleus of the problem must be attacked. It's not just the act of execution that's killing innocent people, it is moreso the grotesque practices of corrupt individuals in positions of authority. Get rid of them and you've solved most of the problem. Then we can get back to ridding society of the rightfully convicted vermin that truly deserve the death penalty like in the case of Steven Hayes, a Connecticut man who was condemned to death for the rape, robbery and murder of a woman and her two daughters. Hayes and an accomplice broke into the house of a family of four (husband, wife & two daughters), forced the woman to withdraw money, took her back home once the funds were withdrawn, sexually assaulted her and then strangled her. The home was set on fire and killed all but the husband, who managed to escape.
I say NO to ending the death penalty. As long as the human, savage beast roams the earth preying upon innocent people there should be a death penalty in place. As a matter of fact, every North American citizens' household should have at least two guns in it for protection. And everyone in that house should know how to use it and understand its purpose.
**side note** The code of criminal procedure regarding murder and evidence in many of these states should be revised. Many times men, innocent or not, are being convicted on murder charges without bodies, without evidence and without credible witnesses.
Convicting a man when there is or should be reasonable doubt is preposterous!