Debra J. Saunders

In the end, while Loughner was too mentally impaired to rate capital punishment, he also was too culpable to escape sure punishment for a well-planned killing spree. Prosecutors took the death penalty off the table, and Loughner agreed not to appeal the results. Justice will be served.

Robert Hirschhorn, an attorney and jury consultant, does not support the death penalty, but he agreed that without it, there would have been no deal.

"You really want to use the death penalty as a bargaining chip?" Hirschhorn asked.

I don't see Giffords or Kelly complaining.

Debra J. Saunders

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