In the four years since the death penalty law was reinstated in New York, the death penalty has been sought against 37 defendants, according to a New York Law Journal study. Nine cases have gone to trial, five have ended in death verdicts and four in sentences of life without parole. There have been no acquittals.
In an effort to draw a picture of New York’s experience with the death penalty since the law went into effect on Sept. 1, 1995, the Law Journal analyzed data from a variety of sources, the most detailed of which is maintained by the Capital Defender Office (CDO), an organization that by law is charged with finding lawyers for defendants unable to afford counsel.
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