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7/31/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Time to end the death penalty

As much as I try to stay out of those subjects that are sensitive to many, I've got go with my opinion on this one. Regarding the recent so-called botching of the execution of a murderer: First off, I have to admit I am not an advocate of capital punishment. My reasons may not be the same as some others, but I don't think that matters much.

What I believe really matters is not so much the moral issues, but rather the more simple ones. Twenty-five years to get to the death chamber? That many years on death row has got to be pretty inhumane to begin with, not to mention the cost. I am not talking about food here, but rather the required appeals that are paid for by the state. I would be curious to know the ultimate cost that the most recent execution was to the state of Arizona.

Many other states have done away with capital punishment for various reasons. Perhaps it is time for Arizona to take another look, also.

Linda Varon


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

Dear T S

Re your comment "I'm not opposed to capital punishment in theory, nor would I be based on religious grounds. The Christian God instituted it under the laws of Moses"

Uh, the god of Moses was a Jew. There were no such thing as Christians till Christ came along 4,000 years later.

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014
Article comment by: B BB

The only thing I agree is the 20 years of wait. These rapists and gruesome murderers should be executed publically.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: anonymous1 anonymous1

How ironic some suggestions of expedited executions are exactly what they do in communist countries, such as China, North Korea etc., middle east, no wonder some folks would fit right into those societies with hardly a big change in their attitudes! Fortunately this is America we have due process a little thing put into our constitution by our founding fathers! In England they had a punishment under their Kings called "being drawn and quartered, they hanged you till almost dead, then took you down, put you on table, disemboweled you, removed the male organs if male, am not sure what they did to the ladies, in the end you were cut into 4 pieces by then you were pretty well deceased, again some folks would have fit well back then under the old Kings!

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: T S

I've been following the letters and commentary on this topic. I'm not opposed to capital punishment in theory, nor would I be based on religious grounds. The Christian God instituted it under the laws of Moses, Islam dictates it for various offenses, and other religions have it too.

The point is, the system has to be sure that innocent people are not being executed. The whole appeals process is designed to assure that but even then its not infallible. I think the problem is the standard of guilt for the death penalty. Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt leaves room for lawyers to manipulate the jury about what is reasonable. I submit that the death penalty should only be used when the evidence is completely undeniable.

The other thing, no official executioners allowed. The jury, or one randomly selected juror, should have to do the deed. I think that would go a long way toward preventing death penalty mistakes.

With rules like this if a jury of your peers thinks your guilty enough to die and they are willing to carry it out, you must be very guilty indeed!

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: Botched job?

The execution of a murderer was NOT botched. He's dead and gone isn't he? That was the purpose. I say open the cell doors and clean out all those with death penalties. They are anchors upon the good citizens necks. None will be missed and the planet will be just a bit better without them here murdering and exploiting others.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: desert dweller

I agree that 25 years is too long to feed the vermin! The solution is simple...hang them immediately, fast, humane and they will never commit another crime...."An eye for an eye"!

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Opinions are like , well you know the rest, I say let the victims or the family of victims decide the method of execution, allow only 1 appeal and then sentence is carried out immediately. Just like Abortion, each individual is responsible for their decision(s) if it's wrong then you will have to deal with judgement by God when the time comes, if the atheists are right then there is no God and you are null and voided when you die.
4 days till end of line.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: justanobody sr

I have to agree, 20-30 yrs on death row is obscene!
I say execute them within 30 days of conviction and save alot of money, time, expense,
you really feel people like manson should be allowed to live?

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