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The Death Penalty
February 24, 2015 by thewordsmithcollection | Edit
Civilized nations have abandoned state murder.
Hopefully the United States will join the ranks
of the civilized nations of the world.
Death Penalty – Two little words that mean
the legal act of committing murder.
The only time
killing is “justified”
is as a last resort
in direct self-defense.
More on the Death Penalty, Judicial Homicide, and Killing both Innocent and Guilty Prisoners…
On Killing prisoners:
Killing prisoners is morally
unacceptable. Killing in
time of war is “justified”
according to the threat
presented by an enemy
combatant. Killing an
enemy in combat may
be “justified” on a similar
basis as for killing in
self-defense outside of war.
A prisoner no longer presents a
threat used to justify killing in war.
Killing prisoners is murder, pure and simple.
It is immoral. It was Hitler’s most heinous crime.
According to the Geneva Convention,
prisoners of war who have surrendered
cannot be tortured, plundered or killed.
The murder of defenseless prisoners
is rightly considered
to be a war crime.
What some have said about judicial homicide:
“Since I was a law student, I have
been against the death penalty.
It does not deter.
It is severely discriminatory
against minorities, especially
since they’re given no competent
legal counsel defense in many cases.
It’s a system that has to be perfect.
You cannot execute one innocent
person. No system is perfect.
And to top it off, for those of you
who are interested in economics,
it costs more to pursue a capital
case toward execution than it
does to have full life imprisonment
Ralph Nader Meet the Press interview, Jun. 25, 2000
We need to kill the death penalty, not people.
The death penalty is racist
and has been applied in
racially-discriminatory ways. African
American men are disproportionately
sentenced to death. Prosecutors, juries,
and judges are much more likely to
apply the death penalty when the victim
is white and the defendant is black.
Race is a “potent influence” at every step in the criminal (in) justice system,
including search, arrest, indictment, trial, conviction, sentence, and execution.
The death penalty is inhumane.
Killing people makes us like the murderers
who most of us so despise. It is not only about
what capital punishment does to those killed,
but also what it does to those who do the
killing and those in whose name the killing
is done. It’s bad enough that we are victimized
by crime in our society; we don’t need to be
further victimized by by becoming perpetrators
and enacting the death penalty and then
living with the unfortunate consequences.
10) Social Change.
The tide is turning against
the death penalty. Increasingly, countries and
states are banning the death penalty; drug
companies are refusing to allow their products
to be used for capital punishment; the U.S.
is executing fewer people; and public support
for the death penalty is waning.
Decreased crime rates, changes in sentencing guidelines, diminishing support,
and demographics (the young and people of color are much less likely to support
the death penalty) are all leading toward less capital punishment and its ultimate abolition.
There are also personal, political, religious,
and spiritual reasons to oppose capital punishment.
The sooner we kill the death penalty, the better it’ll be.
Let’s not wait any longer.
Dan Brook, Ph.D., is a freelance instructor of sociology and political science, maintains Eco-Eating at www.brook.com/veg, and can be contacted via email@example.com.
How many western industrialized nations in the world today kill prisoners,
murder citizens, put children to death, and exterminate the mentally-ill?
This Only Happens in America…
Let’s change this shameful state of affairs.
It’s an uphill battle… but the only way to stop killing, is to stop killing.
Too many innocents have died, click here for an update on recent events! Visit the Innocence Project http://www.innocenceproject.org/index.php Scroll Down for Links to related siites
The death penalty condemns the innocent to die.
- Since 1976, more than 100 people have been released from prison after being sentenced to death despite their innocence. In other words, 1 in 7 of those on death row have been freed after being fully exonerated.
The book, In Spite of Innocence, notes that between 1900 and 1992 there have been 416 documented cases of innocent persons who have been convicted of murder or capital rape — a third of whom were given a death sentence. The authors discovered that in 23 of these cases, the person was executed.
Illinois has released as many from death row as it has executed since 1976. As a result, an Illinois Supreme Court Justice said, “Despite the courts’ efforts to fashion a death penalty scheme that is just…, the system is not working. Innocent people are being sentenced to death… If this is the best our state can do, we have no business sending people to their deaths.”
Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty
Posted: May 28, 2015
The Nebraska legislature voted 30-19 to override the veto of Governor Pete Ricketts and abolish the death penalty. Nebraska becomes the 19th state to repeal the death penalty, and the 7th state to do so since 2007. It is the first predominantly Republican state to abolish the death penalty in over 40 years, and state legislators said Republican support was critical to the bipartisan repeal effort. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist said, "This wouldn't have happened without the fiscally responsible Republicans who aren't just beholden to conservative talking points, but are thoughtful about policy." Sen. Colby Coash cited fiscal concerns among his reasons for supporting repeal: "The taxpayers have not gotten the bang for their buck on this death penalty for almost 20 years. This program is broken." The sponsor of the repeal bill, Independent Senator Ernie Chambers, opened the repeal debate with a reference to the historic nature of the pending vote. “This will be the shining moment of the Nebraska Legislature,” he said. “The world, by anybody’s reckoning, is a place filled with darkness, contention, violence. We today can move to lift part of that cloud of darkness that has been hovering over this state for all these years.”
Posted: May 27, 2015
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Timothy Foster, an African-American defendant who was sentenced to death by an all-white jury after Georgia prosecutors had struck every black prospective juror in his case. On May 26, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review in Foster v. Humphrey to determine whether the prosecution’s actions violated the Court’s 1986 decision in Batson v. Kentucky, which banned the practice of dismissing potential jurors on the basis of race. Foster challenged the prosecution’s jury strikes as racially discriminatory at the time of jury selection, but the trial court permitted the strikes. Nineteen years after the trial, his lawyers obtained the prosecutors' notes from jury selection, which contained information that contradicted the “race-neutral” explanations for the strikes that the prosecution had offered at trial.
Posted: May 26, 2015
In a discussion at the George Washington University School of Law, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said the death penalty creates a higher risk of error than other criminal cases and is unfair, unnecessary, and a "terrible waste" of resources. Using the Boston marathon bomber trial as an example, Justice Stevens said jury selection procedures in capital cases produce juries who are "not representative of the community." He said that, under these procedures, "most of the 75%" of Bostonians who opposed the death penalty "could be challenged for cause and do not make it" onto the jury. "That’s one reason that the death penalty is much more unfair than we thought it was at the time back when we decided the three cases" that reinstated the death penalty in 1976 after the Court had previously ruled its application unconstitutional. Justice Stevens went on to say, "I had expected that the procedures would be more protective of the defendants in death cases than in ordinary criminal cases. And in several respects, ... they in fact are more pro-prosecution. And so the risk of error is larger in death cases than it is in other cases, and that certainly can’t be right." Finally, he compared the death penalty unfavorably to the alternative of life without parole: "it's really not necessary because life imprisonment without parole protects the public at least as well as execution does and so the justification for the death penalty is diminished. And I think if you make a cost-benefit analysis – the cost of the trials and all the rest – it is a terrible waste of society’s resources to have these capital trials that go on for so long and produce an awful lot of unfortunate results."
Posted: May 25, 2015
DPIC's offices are closed for Memorial Day. In place of our daily "What's New" item, we are posting a video summary of the first ten items in our series, 50 Facts About the Death Penalty. (Click Read More at end of this post for the video.) We are sharing a new fact in the series daily on Twitter and on our 50 Facts webpage, where you can find additional background information. Follow our Facebook page for a weekly video summary of the new items.
The four artices above from: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/
The Death Penalty: Chaotic Tedium
Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:42 By Susanne Dumbleton, Truthout | Op-Ed
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
Death Row is a place of excruciating order, relentless tedium. Days are measured in minutes, motion in inches. When turmoil erupts, it does so at the periphery. Usually. This week is an exception: Turmoil is inside and out, North, South, East and West.
Georgia is set to execute a man with an IQ of 70.
Oklahoma is scheduled to execute a man whose guilt is far from certain.
Massachusetts, where the death penalty was abolished 65 years ago, is being forced to empanel a federal court jury for the Boston Marathon Bombing case, limiting its members to persons not opposed to execution - a minority of the state's population.
California, where the last execution took place nine years ago, continues to fill its inactive Death Row by issuing more death sentences than any other state. There are now 749 residents on Death Row.
Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the brief of Death Row inmates in Oklahoma, arguing that the drug planned to sedate them will constitute torture. That the drug is the same used in the only other states that actually practice execution by lethal injection - Florida, Texas, Ohio and Missouri - puts all future executions by that mode into question.
It is impossible to avoid the question: Who is served by this chaos?
Is it the victims' families? Not according to the mother of the child killed by the man Oklahoma executed last week. She wanted nothing to do with the killing. Not according to Bud Welch, father of a victim of Timothy McVeigh, who said it was more important for him to be able to forgive McVeigh than to kill him. Not according to the hundreds of members of the Forgiveness Project and Murder Victims Families For Human Rights who wash their hands of the process and argue that the death penalty prolongs and deepens their agony.
Is it the state? Not if budget is considered. A case that includes the death penalty option carries exponentially higher court costs (These vary from state to state, with the average being double the expense at the first trial and 10 times the expense through appeals).
Is it the local community? Not if deterrence is the goal. The death penalty has no impact on reducing violent crime or restoring civil order following a trauma.
Is it the federal government? Not if efficiency is the goal. The cost is greater, the effort more, the outcome predictably biased by race and class and the likelihood that the sentence will be carried out extremely low. Only three of the 74 people sentenced to death since 1988 have been executed.
Is it the nation? Not if international opinion matters. Most industrialized nations have abandoned execution as a form of punishment and consider the US bizarrely behind the times. In fact, the crisis about drugs for lethal injection began when pharmaceutical companies in Europe refused to provide drugs that will be used to kill.
Is it the American people? Not if squeamishness regarding method is a measure. Americans who tell Gallop pollsters they favor execution want it to be painless, clean, simple and distant. They choose lethal injection over earlier forms that troubled them - electrocution, hanging, burning at the stake, stoning, beheading and such.
That lethal injection is not all they hoped forces the question. In fact, when Gallop changes the question to, "If you could choose between these two approaches, life in prison without parole, or the death penalty," support drops. To be sure, people who have performed heinous acts or constitute a threat to society should never be restored to freedom, but killing such criminals has proven counterproductive.
In 1972, when the Supreme Court instituted its moratorium in Furman v. Georgia, it did so stating that the death penalty, as practiced in the United States, was "arbitrary and capricious." Data show it remains so. It is also now chaotic. It is time to stop pretending a value-centered democracy can execute its citizens in a way that honors national commitment to dignity for the individual, regardless of who the person is or what that person has done. The time for a national solution is now.
This article was first published on Truthout and any reprint or reproduction on any other website must acknowledge Truthout as the original site of publication.
Hartford, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for some of Connecticut’s death row inmates have appealed a decision by a judge who ruled there are no systemic racial or geographic biases in the way state prosecutors seek the death penalty.
The attorneys appealed last month’s ruling by Rockville Superior Court Judge Samuel Sferrazza to the state Appellate Court last week. It’s not clear when the court will hear the case, or whether the state Supreme Court will exercise its option to hear the appeal without Appellate Court review.
Five of the 10 men on Connecticut’s death row are plaintiffs in the habeas corpus lawsuit filed in 2005, saying their constitutional rights to due process and equal protection have been violated. They allege the way state prosecutors decide when to seek the death penalty is discriminatory and arbitrary, with a defendant’s race and the location of the prosecution playing roles.
Sferrazza issued a 44-page ruling Oct. 11 saying there was no proof of systemic biases.
The state repealed the death penalty last year, but only for future murders. Death row inmates also are challenging the repeal, but Sferrazza ruled they couldn’t raise the issue in the habeas corpus appeal.
Condemned inmates Sedrick Cobb, Daniel Webb, Richard Reynolds, Robert Breton and Todd Rizzo are the plaintiffs in the appeal. Webb’s lawyer, Michael Sheehan, said he expects the case to go before the state Supreme Court at some point.
‘‘We think that the judge made a mistake, and we think it will be reversed,’’ Sheehan said Monday.
Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane said after Sferrazza’s ruling was issued that there are no biases in the way the state’s death penalty law has been administered.
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Killing to prove that killing is wrong does not make any sense.
But the United States continues to be the only western industrialized nation which murders prisoners (guilty and innocent) in the name of "justice."
Posted: November 08, 2013
In a 5-2 decision, the Florida Supreme Court overturned the murder and sexual battery convictions and death sentence of Roy Swafford (pictured), who has been on death row since 1988. The court said in its decision that "No witness, DNA, or fingerprints link Swafford to the victim or the murder weapon. The newly discovered forensic evidence regarding the alleged sexual battery changes the very character of the case and affects the admissibility of evidence that was heard by the jury." Retesting of evidence from the case indicated that, contrary to earlier tests, a chemical found in semen was not present on the victim, suggesting that she was not sexually assaulted before the murder. The prosecution had said the assault motivated the murder, so the new evidence removes the likely motive. The Supreme Court also said that jurors did not hear evidence about another suspect who matched descriptions of the murderer, owned a car that matched the one used in abducting the victim, and owned the same type of gun used in the murder. Swafford's attorney, Terri Backhus, summed up the decision, saying, “Not only did the court say he gets a new trial on the sexual battery and the murder, but the Supreme Court said the trial court should grant a motion for judgment of acquittal on the sexual battery.”
Posted: November 07, 2013
Medical experts are concerned that untried lethal injection procedures in some states could cause prolonged, painful deaths. Ohio will try a procedure never used before in an execution on November 14 when it plans to inject a combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone. According to Dr. Jonathan Groner, a professor of clinical surgery at Ohio State University College of Medicine, a hydromorphone overdose can cause painful side effects, including an extreme burning sensation, seizures, hallucination, panic attacks, vomiting, and muscle pain. He said, "You're basically relying on the toxic side effects to kill people while guessing at what levels that occurs." Groner added, if the hydromorphone IV is set poorly, "it would be absorbed under the skin, subcutaneously, very slowly, and that death could be extremely prolonged…It may be painful, and it may take forever." Doctors also raised concerns aboutMissouri's planned use of pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy. Compounding pharmacies are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and drugs from one such pharmacy caused a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis in 2012. David Waisel, an associate professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, said that contaminated pentobarbital could cause a sensation similar to rubbing an open wound with sandpaper. Florida was the first state to use midazolam, although it employed different secondary drugs than Ohio. In an October 15 execution, the inmate appeared to remain conscious longer than usual and made movements after losing consciousness.
Posted: November 06, 2013
On November 6 the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued a lengthy ruling upholding the conviction and death sentence of Michael Addison, the state's only death row inmate. The case is the first death-penalty appeal to be decided by the Court in decades. The opinion said additional briefing and oral argument will be required before deciding "whether the sentence of death is excessive or disproportionate to the penalty imposed in similar cases, considering both the crime and the defendant." Addison's attorney, David Rothstein, said he disagreed with the ruling in this first round of review but, “We look forward to the opportunity to address the proportionality of the death sentence, and we will work [ ] diligently on Mr. Addison’s behalf ...” Addison was convicted of the 2006 murder of Michael Briggs, a Manchester police officer. The New Hampshire legislature will consider a bill in 2014 to repeal the state's death penalty for future offenses. The Governor has said she would sign such a bill.
Posted: November 05, 2013
A federal court in Florida will review challenges to the state's new lethal injection procedure, which the state plans to use in an upcoming execution on November 12. Florida is the only state in the country to use this new protocol, which begins with the sedative midazolam, followed by a paralytic drug and potassium chloride. Attorneys for Florida death row inmates allege the process could result in severe pain in violation of the 8th Amendment. Megan McCracken, an attorney at the death penalty clinic at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, said, “If [potassium chloride is] given to a conscious person who has been inadequately anesthetized, it causes incredible pain because it activates nerve endings. It will feel like burning through the circulatory system until it reaches the heart, which it stops.” Florida switched to midazolam due to a shortage of pentobarbital, an anesthetic used in almost all executions over the past 2 years.Texas, which also has an execution scheduled for November 12, has obtained pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy. It employs only 1 drug in its executions. Ohio recently announced it will use a new protocol involving midazolam and hydromorphone in its execution scheduled for November 14. That procedure is also under review in federal court.
Posted: November 04, 2013
Chase Blasi is on the Board of the Kansas Young Republicans and president of the Colwich City Council. In a recent op-ed in the Witchita Eagle, Blasi challenged the idea that "if you are conservative you must favor the death penalty." Instead he noted, "repeal of the death penalty is an important step for promoting a culture of life. The death penalty is simply not necessary to protect life, given that there are alternatives such as life in prison without parole available to keep society secure." He called the death penalty "an ineffective government program that wastes millions in taxpayer dollars," and concluded, "If we, as conservatives, are serious about cutting costs and promoting a culture of life, then our position on the death penalty is a no-brainer. Repeal it." Read the full op-ed below.
Posted: November 01, 2013
The Center for Constitutional Rights and the International Federation for Human Rights recently released an analysis of the death penalty in California andLouisiana. The report concluded that those states' application of capital punishment "violates U.S. obligations under international human rights law to prevent and prohibit discrimination and torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment." Researchers conducted interviews with many of those involved in the legal system and examined data on charging, sentencing, and executions. They found that racial disparities in the death penalty in both states constituted discrimination. The report was particularly critical of death row conditions, saying, "[E]xtreme temperatures, lack of access to adequate medical and mental health care, overcrowding and extended periods of isolation, do not respect and promote human dignity...Such deplorable circumstances have been condemned by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture as constituting cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, or, in certain circumstances, torture."
Posted: October 31, 2013
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A recent Gallup poll found the lowest level of support for the death penalty in America since 1972. Gallup's October poll measured Americans' abstract support at 60%, a 20-percentage point decline from 1994, when 80% of respondents were in favor of the death penalty for those convicted of murder. Support for the death penalty differed sharply among those who identified themselves with a political party: 81% of Republicans supported the death penalty, while only 47% of Democrats and 60% of Independents favored it. However, support among all three groups has dropped in the last 25 years, with the Democrats’ support declining 28 percentage points since its peak in 1994. This poll measured the public’s support for capital punishment in theory, without any comparison to other punishments. When Gallup and other polls have offered respondents a choice of the proper punishment for murder - the death penalty or life in prison without parole - respondents are about evenly split, with less than 50% supporting the death penalty. Gallup's release noted that the decline in support may be linked to the issue of innocence, "The current era of lower support may be tied to death penalty moratoriums in several states beginning around 2000 after several death-row inmates were later proven innocent of the crimes of which they were convicted." In the past 10 years, the percentage of Americans who believe the death penalty is applied fairly has dropped from 60% to 52%.
Florida Okays Execution of Schizophrenic Man
Countries who kill (sometimes innocent people, to "prove" that killing is wrong:
Nations where innocents aren't killed
* Antigua and Barbuda
* China (People's Republic)
* Congo (Democratic Republic)
* Equatorial Guinea
* Korea, North
* Korea, South
* Palestinian Authority
* St. Kitts and Nevis
* St. Lucia
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines
* Saudi Arabia
* Sierra Leone
* Trinidad and Tobago
* United Arab Emirates
* United States
Read more: The Death Penalty Worldwide — Infoplease.comhttp://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html#ixzz2LAQkKwAd
in Direct Violation of Supreme Court Ruling
Rania Khalek, Truthout: The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the state can proceed with the execution of 64-year-old John Erroll Ferguson, despite its finding that he is a paranoid schizophrenic. The decision will be appealed to the US Supreme Court.
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CNN) -- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber blocked the execution of a death row inmate on Tuesday and said no more executions will take place in the state as long as he is governor.
He issued a temporary reprieve in the case of Gary Haugen, who was reportedly scheduled to be put to death next month.
"It is time for Oregon to consider a different approach. I refuse to be a part of this compromised and inequitable system any longer; and I will not allow further executions while I am governor," he said in a statement.
Oregon has 37 inmates on death row, some of whom have been there for more than 20 years. Kitzhaber did not commute their sentences, he said, because: "The policy of this state on capital punishment is not mine alone to decide." He urged lawmakers to bring potential reforms before the 2013 legislative session.
Gov. John Kitzhaber stops executions in Oregon, calls system 'compromised and inequitable'
SALEM -- Gov. John Kitzhaber announced today he will not allow the execution
of Gary Haugen -- or any death row inmate -- to take place while he is in
The death penalty is morally wrong and unjustly administered, Kitzhaber
The governor cited his constitutional authority to grant a temporary
reprieve for Haugen, in effect canceling the planned Dec. 6 lethal injection
of the twice-convicted murderer. Haugen waived his legal appeals and has
been preparing for the execution, which would have been Oregon's first in 14
The change of heart comes as a surprise for a governor who twice before --
in his first term as governor -- allowed executions to go forward. Despite
his personal opposition to the death penalty, Kitzhaber said he was
upholding the will of the people in allowing the 1996 execution of Douglas
Franklin Wright and the 1997 execution of Harry Charles Moore.
"I have regretted those choices ever since," he wrote in a prepared
statement. "Both because of my own deep personal convictions about capital
punishment and also because in practice, Oregon has an expensive and
unworkable system that fails to meet basic standards of justice."
The announcement is a win for death penalty activists who had asked
Kitzhaber to declare a moratorium on executions until the state conducts a
thorough review of its death penalty system.
Kitzhaber said his decision is not out of compassion for Haugen or other
inmates. But the death penalty is not handed down fairly -- some inmates on
death row have committed similar crimes as those who are serving life
sentences, he said. It is a criticism Haugen himself has often made and
cites as a reason that he has volunteered to die, protesting the unfairness
of the death penalty.
In addition, Oregon only executes those who volunteer, Kitzhaber said,
calling the state's system "a perversion of justice."
While Oregon has ignored the problems in its death penalty system, Kitzhaber
noted that other states have abolished executions. Illinois, New Jersey and
New Mexico all have joined the ranks of states that no longer include
capital punishment as a sentencing option, recognizing the serious flaws and
high costs of maintaining the death penalty, he said.
Haugen's case is forcing the state to confront problems with the death
penalty, Kitzhaber said. The state needs to engage in a debate about
less-costly, more equitable alternatives, he said.
Kitzhaber supports adopting a sentence of life in prison without the
possibility of parole instead of capital punishment and will ask the state
Legislature to come up with possible reforms for the 2013 session.
The move comes a day after the Oregon Supreme Court cleared the way for
Haugen's execution. Kitzhaber declined to commute Haugen's sentence, saying
he believes the state must decide for itself on the need for a statewide
debate over capital punishment.
"I am convinced we can find a better solution that keeps society safe,
supports the victims of crime and their families and reflects Oregon
values," he wrote. "I refuse to be a part of this compromised and
inequitable system any longer; and I will not allow further executions while
I am Governor."
The Death Penalty in Oregon
1864: Legislature enacts death penalty by statute.
1904: Executions made exclusive to the Oregon State Penitentiary after being
done at police headquarters across the state.
1912: Gov. Oswald West allows four men to be executed at once, hoping the
gruesome spectacle will hasten abolition of the death penalty.
1914: Voters repeal the death penalty.
1920: Voters restore the death penalty.
1948: J. Willos is the last man hanged in Oregon before the state switches
to lethal gas.
1961: Jeannace Freeman becomes the first woman sentenced to die. Her
sentence is ultimately commuted in 1964 by Gov. Mark Hatfield.
1962: Leeroy McGahuey is the last man gassed to death.
1964: Voters repeal the death penalty.
1978: Voters re-enact the death penalty.
1981: Oregon Supreme Court deems the death penalty unconstitutional.
1984: Voters reinstate the death penalty.
1996: Douglas Franklin Wright becomes the first man executed by lethal
1997: Harry Charles Moore is the last man to be executed.
Number of people on death row today: 36
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