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December 27, 2007

Poll: Do You Support The Death Penalty?

In this week's JOURNAL, author Thomas Cahill says:

"The crime is secondary. Crime is secondary. There are no millionaires on death row nor will there ever be. Almost everyone on death row is poor. And do you really think that no millionaire ever committed a capital crime? I'm saying that there are certain people that we are willing to offer up, and not others, and they're the people who have no power. We're not killing Dominique Green because he committed murder. We're killing Dominique Green because we want to kill somebody."

But others -- in line with 69% of Americans, according to a Gallup Poll last month -- argue that the death penalty is necessary for the health of society. In an op/ed in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, Ventura County's former District Attorney, Michael D. Bradbury, wrote:

"In our understandable desire to be fair and to protect the rights of offenders in our criminal justice system, let us never ignore or minimize the rights of their victims. The death penalty is a necessary tool that reaffirms the sanctity of human life while assuring that convicted killers will never again prey upon others."

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