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For true justice, support study on death penalty

Friday, June 29, 2007 | 12:02 a.m. CDT; updated 4:44 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Jo Sapp is the president of the League of Women Voters of Missouri. This letter to the editor incorrectly identified Sapp’s title. Also, this letter was co-written by Sydell Shayer, who monitors death penalty issues for the statewide board.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri urges Attorney General Jay Nixon to support continuation of the moratorium on the death penalty. The recent court decision on Missouri’s lethal injection is permissive, not mandatory.

It just makes it allowable to execute someone in Missouri. It does not make the application of the death penalty more just, fair or equitable.

It is unfortunate that the bill that called for a moratorium and a thorough study of the death penalty did not pass in the last legislative session. Such a study would show whether all the variables such as race, education, economic status and geography favored one individual over another. If the death penalty is resumed, it should, at the very least, be applied so that no innocent person is executed, a standard that is difficult to meet.

The League of Women Voters urges Nixon to rethink his position on the death penalty, support a continued moratorium and wait until all the unanswered questions of its application in Missouri are answered.

Jo Sapp is the president of the League of Women Voters of Missouri, Columbia


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Ed Lane June 29, 2007 | 11:31 a.m.

Just how many studies is it going to take to determine that the death penality is a definite deterent to repeat offenders??????? Most of the scum on Missouri's deathrow will probably die from old-age before being executed because of all the bleeding-heart liberals out there.
If a piece of scum commits a terrible crime, is convicted, and sentenced to die, HE SHOULD DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Simple but then again not so simple when you get the simpletons of the aclu trying to help????? These are the same people who condone pervert's rights and their rights to persue potential victims and even advertise such. Is that right???? Hell no!!!!!!! If convicted to die, you need to die and not have us tax-payers support your ass until you die........

Thank you,
Ed Lane
Kansas City, MO

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