Friday’s New York Times is asking the question:
“Is there a death penalty moratorium now in place, and how would we know?”
The answer, is no.
As Proferssor Elizabeth Semel notes in the article
that “it would be inaccurate and very presumptuous to call this a moratorium.” Rather, she said, “what we’re seeing is a combination of different courts, and different executives, deciding to be prudent” while waiting to see what the Supreme Court will do.
And as Linda Greenhouse ultimately concludes, quite correctly:
To say the least, these questions lie at some remove from the one question that brought all executions to a halt 35 years ago as the country held its breath and waited for an answer from the court: Is the death penalty constitutional?