Are there any groups calling for abolition of the death penalty in the military?
Is there a public concern that a servicemember accused of murder in one of the nineteen states without the death penalty can face execution by the military simply because of military status? For example, SGT X, U.S. Army, allegedly murders V in the state of Maryland while serving on Active Duty. MD abolished the death penalty in 2013. Yet the Army can decide to take the case and refer the charges as capital regardless of actions taken by Maryland.
Is there a concern that four of the six (2/3 according to my lawyer math) inmates sitting on the military’s death row are minorities? Yet less than 1/3 of Active Duty servicemembers identify themselves as a minority (i.e., Black or African American, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, multi-racial, or other/unknown) according to the Department of Defense 2012 Demographics Survey.