The death penalty remains popular among politicians as well. The death penalty can be manipulated to make one politician look tough and another look compassionate. This is evident by a series of coast to coast news stories about the death penalty all from a single day last week -- March 13, 2013.
Law enforcement leaders from across Delaware recently declared their firm opposition to a Senate bill that would abolish capital punishment and commute the sentences of death row inmates to life in prison.
Supporters of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bill to repeal the death penalty turned back 18 proposed amendments in the House of Delegates, including attempts to keep capital punishment on the books for cop killers, child abductors and terrorists.
The two-hour debate set the stage for a successful vote in the House last Friday. O’Malley is set to sign the bill making Maryland the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.
"Victims' families have suffered for far too long and it's time to stop the legal wrangling and bring them peace and closure, finally, in their cases," said North Carolina State Sen. Thom Goolsby. "We owe it to these families of murder victims across North Carolina to impose the punishment that our laws require."
Florida is the only state that allows juries to recommend death sentences by a simple majority vote. In nearly every other state, the jury vote must be unanimous. Only one in five death sentences gets a unanimous verdict in Florida.
In the state of Washington a bill was introduced this year to replace the death penalty with life in prison. State Rep. Maureen Walsh said she supports the measure because execution lets convicted murderers off too easy.
An analysis of crime and punishment from the perspective of a former prosecutor and current criminal justice practitioner.
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