ACLU Letter Opposing Death Penalty Amendment to the Senate Hate Crimes Provision

On behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a non-partisanorganization with more than a half million members, countless activists andsupporters, and fifty-three affiliates nationwide, we write to urge you tooppose Senate Amendment 1615, being offered by Senator Jeff Sessions (RAL)to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390). Thisunconstitutional and misguided amendment seeks to expand the reach of thefederal death penalty, including to non-homicide crimes, by adding it to ahate crimes provision that the Senate adopted by unanimous consent onThursday night.

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