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Both Helen H. Richardson / Getty Robert Aaron Long and Ahmad Al Aliwi Alyssa were arrested last month for carrying out a famous shooting that killed many. Both crimes have revived national debate about guns, but only one has a realistic chance of reaching death row. Colorado, where Alyssa is tried, is one of the 23 states that have abolished the death penalty. Georgia, where Long was arrested, is one of 27 people still punishing the book. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, this is also one of a small subset of the 15 states that actually executed someone in the last decade. This article was published in collaboration with The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organization dealing with the US criminal justice system. Sign up for the Marshall Project newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. In California, Aminada Bugaxio Ragonzales was arrested last week on suspicion of killing four people, including a child. The death penalty is more symbolic than reality. California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a moratorium on executions, but the state has not been executed since 2006. Sentence. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer has already told reporters that he will consider seeking the death penalty for Gonzales. It may be possible to seek the death penalty for a federal crime by assaulting a suspect identified after a deadly “business dispute” shooting in California. The fate of these men is determined by decision makers, from local district attorneys to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, and serves as the latest example of the strange geographical disparity in the US death penalty. The death penalty is disappearing. Georgia is still executing the death penalty, but since 2015, only one convict on death row has been sent throughout the state. Nationally, it has become clear that whether or not the death penalty is imposed is less relevant than where the death penalty was executed. In 2013, the Death Penalty Information Center reported that all state death row prisoners across the country came from only 20% of the county, and that the majority of executions were carried out by only 2% of the county. Why are these counties? Some people have a large population. This means that more murders may be subject to the death penalty and the tax base that can handle the high costs of the death penalty is increasing. Last year, a group of scholars led by Frank Baumgartner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill edited a database of more than 8,500 death sentences distributed nationwide since 1972. Even in the early 20th century, people were likely to be sentenced to death today. The findings are consistent with racial disparities in convict on death row and other studies showing that death sentences are more likely if the victim is white, but perhaps the most important factor is in individual cases. Is also the simplest: Alyssa would almost certainly have avoided that fate, even if Colorado did not abolish the death penalty last year. He was accused of killing 10 people at a boulder grocery store on March 22, but voters and elected officials in the liberal Colorado county where he was arrested have long opposed the death penalty. The current district attorney even urged President Joe Biden to end it at the federal level. He has long been charged in two different Georgia counties. He allegedly killed four people in Fulton County, including the metropolitan area of Atlanta, and last year promised that all three district attorney candidates would never seek the death penalty. In many metropolitan counties, including Philadelphia and Los Angeles, there was a political shift from the death penalty. “What you see is a great consensus among prosecutors that the death penalty is immoral, worthless, or that it provides. Limited benefits to public security,” said Texas-based. Amanda Marzullo, a defense lawyer and death penalty expert, said. “Actually, only about 25 counties across the country are regularly required to be sentenced to death.” Long also allegedly killed four and injured a fifth in Cherokee. The county has Republican district attorney Shannon Wallace, who promised to prosecute the killings “to the fullest extent of the law” in a press release. It is not yet clear whether Long’s case will be subject to the death penalty. A Wallace spokesperson did not deny the possibility, stressing that the crime was still under investigation. Many of the cases are still unclear whether the victim’s family will fall publicly in any way, and whether they will be prosecuted, local observers have “tug of war” between prosecutors over jurisdiction. I’m predicting. “Prosecutors seek death in only a few cases,” said Anna Arsenor, executive director of the Georgia Resource Center, who defends people on death row in the state. “This creates geographical disparities not only between states, but also between judicial circuits within Georgia.” She also said that prosecutors said Long’s mental health and background, and the cost of the death penalty, “Asia. We must also consider whether it can be used to “prevent further violence against Americans of descent.” Wallace’s office does not have a long record of being sentenced to death. Scholars have found that the best predictor of whether a county seeks death is whether it previously sought death. “It gets better as the county goes on the death penalty,” Baumgartner said. Prosecutors use past decisions as a comparison. If the county sent many people to death row, the bar might look low. Atlanta Victim Sunchon Park’s husband tried to perform CPR at a crime scene This could be the case in Orange County, California, where more than 80 people were sentenced to death Baumgartner data show lines since the 1970s .. The county has been responsible for two of the state’s 13 executions in the last half-century, and district attorney Todd Spitzer has campaigned against the moratorium on executions. In his dissenting opinion that the death penalty today is “arbitrarily imposed” from place to place and may be unconstitutional. He cited a study suggesting that the death penalty could be explained by whether the defense counsel was well funded or whether the judge was facing political pressure. One scholar uses the phrase “local muscle memory” to explain how different factors inform each other and create a feedback loop. Judge Antonin Scalia despised the work that Breyer quoted as “Abolitionist’s Study.” But former Texas prosecutor Lynn Hardaway pointed out that geographic disparities can also be an issue when considering the justice of victims who “can’t afford to decide” where to be killed. “The prosecution is a regional issue and should be,” said Johnny Holmes, a former district attorney in Harris County, Texas, saying that Article 10 of the Constitutional Amendment delegates power to the state. It pointed out. “So I wouldn’t be on national television about this issue. Holmes’ own office was famous for the culture of seeking the death penalty in the 1980s and 1990s as Houston became the” capital of the death penalty. ” Holmes handed out a pen in the shape of a syringe, and his prosecutor, who won the death sentence, joined the informal “Silver Needle Society.” Association. “But each of these local communities achieves justice at the micro level, even if there are disparities at the macro level, if they consider these decisions to be legitimate.” In theory, geography Part of the disparity is that federal crimes can be sentenced to death in any state. It was shown that there is a disparity. It’s too early. To say whether federal prosecutors try to define any shooting as a federal crime, but there are many precedents: after the Boston Marathon bombing, even though they have no death penalty in Massachusetts. He sought the death penalty for Johar Zarnaev. He then sought the death of Dylann Roof, who killed several church members in South Carolina, despite possibly facing the same punishment in state court. These incidents occurred under President Barack Obama, despite his expression of anxiety about the final punishment. The Biden administration’s approach to this issue is still unclear, but he promised to work to end the practice in the course of the campaign. It is certain that more mass shootings will test that promise. Read more on The Daily Beast. Did you get a hint? Send it to The Daily Beast here. Put your top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. learn more.