Against death penalty
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 12:58 pm

In response to “Legalize Death Penalty” (April 25 – May 1), I think the intention and spirit of your letter is sincere. You are correct in that there is far too much emphasis on the rights of criminals and accused criminals in this country, and not nearly enough emphasis on the rights of their victims. I think the main problem is people who are charged and accused with heinous and violent crimes often are permitted to post bail after the offense, and then often disappear or skip bail, only to reoffend time and again (in another state or under another name). And this accused murderer’s background as having owned and run a trucking/carting company heightens my concerns on this level even more. However, I think legalizing the death penalty again is not the answer. First of all on a moral basis, two wrongs do not make a right. I would much rather see this person, if convicted, spend the rest of his natural life in a max security prison, where he would indeed be served a special justice daily as a sex offender and murderer.