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August 4, 1995
As a practicing Roman Catholic and an advocate of the death penalty for convicted murderers, I disagree with Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's opposition. I am 100 percent behind Gov. Ridge. I voted for him because, in addition to his many good ideas, he promised to sign death warrants for convicted murderers. Convicted cold-blooded killers should pay the price for their inhuman actions. JAMES McDONNELL Philadelphia The church has always been against the death penalty, but there are people on death row for whom the death penalty is just.
NEWS
September 25, 2012
By Jonathan Zimmerman Terrance Williams was sexually abused by the two men he killed, according to his lawyers. He was poorly represented at his trial, where jurors never heard about these circumstances. And the widow of one of his victims wants Williams' death sentence commuted. But those aren't the strongest arguments for sparing the life of Terrance Williams, who is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 3. The best reason is the simplest: Capital punishment is inherently wrong, no matter the circumstances.
NEWS
July 1, 2009
RE BRUCE Castor's recent op-ed on Judge Sotomayor: I agree that Sotomayor's position on the death penalty and other politically charged issues must be vetted properly by the Senate. But the case cited, Beard v. Kindler, which will be heard this fall by the Supreme Court, is not a death-penalty case after all. The question to be decided is a technical one on the validity of a state criminal procedural rule. Notwithstanding this important distinction, Castor has trotted out the same ol' Republican scare tactics in an effort to curry public opposition to Sotomayor.
NEWS
May 4, 2013 | By Brian Witte, Associated Press
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Opponents of capital punishment marked a milestone Thursday as Maryland became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to abolish the death penalty. The passage was a significant victory for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Roman Catholic who opposes capital punishment and is considering seeking the 2016 presidential nomination. Death penalty opponents said the governor helped maintain the national momentum of repeal efforts by making Maryland the sixth state in as many years to abolish capital punishment.
NEWS
October 19, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Bucks County District Attorney Diane E. Gibbons said yesterday that she would seek the death penalty for a Lower Makefield man accused of stabbing his wife to death in July. Evidence shows that Joseph Sparacio, 47, inflicted "pain and injury beyond what was necessary to kill" Valerie Sparacio, his wife of 20 years, Gibbons said. Police found the wife's body and two serrated knives in the bedroom of the couple's home on Quincy Drive on July 12. Bloodstained men's pajamas were in a clothes hamper.
NEWS
October 24, 2005 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
He is facing the camera. Facing you. Voice husky with emotion, Stanley Rosenbluth tells you about his son and daughter-in-law, killed in a drug deal gone south. He shares his loss gravely, bravely. And then, the coup de grace. "I don't trust Tim Kaine when it comes to the death penalty," says Rosenbluth. "And I say that as a father who has had a son murdered. " Tim Kaine is a man who wants to be governor of Virginia. But first, he's got to deal with Rosenbluth and with policeman's widow Kelly Timbrook, stars of two commercials aired by opposing candidate Jerry Kilgore.
NEWS
March 13, 1986 | By Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer
An Atlantic County man, convicted of the brutal beating death of a 73-year- old Egg Harbor City man, was spared the death penalty yesterday, when a jury failed to decide whether he should be executed. Aaron Huff, 26, was convicted Friday of capital murder in the Feb. 3, 1984, death of William Peak. Peak, a friend of Huff's, died of a fractured skull, three broken ribs and a fractured breastbone. A 12-member jury found Huff guilty of the murder and burglary after two weeks of testimony.
NEWS
June 13, 2002
I FEEL COMPELLED to respond to Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby's op-ed (June 8) on the death penalty. Maybe the crux of the issue rests on its ethics. When a murderer is convicted and sentenced to death, the court is telling the murderer that what he did is wrong, and we're going to punish you by doing the same thing to you. I think you have to put yourself in the position of being a secondary victim to an execution. By secondary victim, I mean a relative of either the murder victim or the murderer.
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