The White House has denied a request from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to reinstate the death penalty after it was reinstated under former Gov.
Michigan was the first state to abolish the death sentence in 1997.
Schuetes decision on Tuesday came just a day after the Michigan Supreme Court struck down the state’s constitutionality of the death-penalty statute.
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Granholm’s case next month.
Michigan Attorney General Kathleen Falk issued a statement Tuesday saying that the state had no plans to re-institute the death row.
“I want to thank Attorney General Schuett for the important work she has done to restore our state’s death penalty and ensure that we will have a system that respects the constitutional rights of all Michiganders,” Falk said.
“We will continue to work with Governor Granholm and others in Michigan to ensure the justice system is responsive to the needs of the families of the victims of the crime.”
Schuette also denied that he had asked the White House to reinstitute the penalty.
“This is not my decision.
It was made by the governor and the attorney general,” Schuetz said.
He added that he has a “zero tolerance” policy against the death of innocent people and that the death sentences have been “severely reduced” under his administration.
“The Governor has a zero tolerance policy,” he said.