March 1, 2005
I NEED someone to explain something to me. If your grandmother or other relative was brutally murdered like Marie Lindgren, how could you not want the death penalty for the low-lifes who did it? I don't want the perpetrators to be able to watch cable, get educated, spend my hard-earned tax dollars and eventually come out into the world again. They took a human life and - in my eyes - they would do it again! I say give the death penalty without any appeals! Silvia Puglia-Velykis Philadelphia
March 7, 2002
Joshua Marquis says "the death penalty is properly reserved for the worst of the worst" (Commentary, March 1) and that our death penalty study is "just inflammatory assertions. " Clearly, Marquis never read our study. It says, "If we are going to have the death penalty, it should be reserved for the worst of the worst. The more often officials use the death penalty, the wider the range of crimes to which it is applied, and the more it is imposed for offenses that are not highly aggravated, the greater the risk that capital convictions and sentences will be seriously flawed.
July 8, 2000
Over the decades since the U.S. Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in 1972, most states have drawn up laws to enumerate "aggravating circumstances" and legitimize executions. Some in a big way. They also have designed regulations to ensure fair administration of the law. But as the nation takes a closer look at the system - hundreds of executions later - some Americans wonder with good reason whether it's possible to administer the death penalty fairly.
June 15, 2006 |
My wife, June, and I are among family members of murder victims who believe life in prison without parole is more just than the death penalty. Those of us who have endured a loved one's murder need support and justice. We don't want excuses when the system doesn't deliver, and we certainly don't want to be used to promote someone else's agenda. Unfortunately, we often are. But some answers may soon be on the horizon. A legislatively mandated commission to study the death penalty in New Jersey embarked on its work last week.
April 6, 2012 |
HARTFORD, Conn. - After executing just one prisoner in more than 50 years, Connecticut moved Thursday to become the fifth state in five years to do away with the death penalty for good. But the repeal wouldn't be a lifeline for the state's 11 death-row inmates, including two men who killed a woman and two children in a horrifying home invasion that death-penalty supporters touted as a key reason to keep the law on the books. The state Senate debated for hours Thursday about whether the law would reverse those sentences before voting 20-16 to repeal the law. After the state Senate's 20-16 Thursday vote to repeal the law, the state's heavily Democratic House is expected to follow with approval within weeks.
July 9, 1994 |
A committee process in the district attorney's office that is often criticized by defense attorneys will be used to determine whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty for O.J. Simpson. District Attorney Gil Garcetti said yesterday a decision whether to seek the gas chamber, or life in prison without parole, for Simpson will be made soon. During that process, prosecutors also will confirm whether the evidence supports a special circumstance allegation of multiple murder against Simpson.
March 1, 1990 |
As Gov. Casey began reviewing three dozen death warrants awaiting his signature, opponents of capital punishment vowed to renew their efforts to banish the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Both actions came in the wake of yesterday's 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld the state's death penalty laws and, by extension, similar laws in 13 other states. Casey has signed three death warrants since taking office three years ago, but all have been stayed by appeals.
April 15, 2005 |
HARD TO IMAGINE a guy more deserving of a long, slow public death than Eric Robert Rudolph. Rudolph is the high-minded lowlife who hid a bomb in a bag at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and sneaked off with snakelike stealth to await the boom from a safe distance. Emboldened by his Atlanta success, this ad hoc avenger of the unborn went on to bomb an abortion clinic and a gay nightclub a year later and a second clinic in Birmingham, Ala., in 1998. He killed two people and injured 150 over two years.
May 7, 1996 |
In 1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed me to the Supreme Court. Now, at 90, I am frequently asked to identify the court's greatest achievements in my 34-year tenure. High on my list is the protection of individual rights and human dignity. Our Constitution is a charter of human rights, dignity and self-determination. I approached my responsibility of interpreting it as a 20th-century American, for the genius of the Constitution rests not in any static meaning it may have had in a world dead and gone but in its evolving character.