Graph of the Day for November 11, 2009

"The General Assembly today adopted... a moratorium on executions to be established in all States that still maintain the death penalty..."  United Nations.  "From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death... I feel... obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed."  Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, appointed by President Nixon and author of the Roe v Wade decision.  "I cannot say it more eloquently than Justice Blackmun... I must act... today I am commuting the sentences of all death row inmates... I will sleep well knowing I made the right decision."  George Ryan, former (Republican) governor of Illinois, now serving a prison sentence for corruption.  (Read Full Post)