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April 1, 2007

More coverage of death delayed

This local article from Pennsylvania, entitled "Death penalty becomes a life sentence of appeals," highlights that most murderers sentenced to death do not get executed before dying in prison.  Here are snippets:

For all practical purposes, Pennsylvania's death penalty is a life sentence — just one with an endless stream of appeal hearings and rehashing of the facts.  Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Pennsylvania has executed three people [while now having 221 death-row inmates]. 

Leon Moser and Keith Zettlemoyer were executed in 1995. Philadelphia torture-killer Gary Heidnik was put to death in 1999.  All three voluntarily gave up all appeals.

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I honestly think forcing inmates to sit on death row for 50+ years is ignorant. If they are sentenced to death why should our taxes continue paying for these murderers, rapists, and torturers to eat?! Their victim(s) did not get to have the prevledge to eat a last meal or have one more breath of air, they should not either. We should be giving this money to schools to help educate children not feeding these criminals.
- Joni West (Business Student)

Posted by: Joni West | Apr 2, 2007 4:14:47 PM

Joni, I'm sure your future employers will be glad to know you value little green pieces of paper more than human life. From what I can tell that's a good thing in most of the business world.

Posted by: rothmatisseko | Apr 2, 2007 8:09:22 PM

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