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Michigan abolishes the death penalty

Michigan, 1857, zoomable map
The abolition of capital punishment that had been signed into law the previous May became effective in Michigan.  "Treason against the state" remained the only crime under the death penalty. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 150-151.


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