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Get Rid of the Death Penalty, Get Rid of Plea Bargains

duif100 Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 11:01 AM
I usedb to be against the death penalty because it is irreversable until someone presented me with the following counter argument: Innocent soldiers die for the good of the country when they give their lives. Everybody appears to accept that dying for the good of the county is admirable. If a wrongfully convicted person dies it is also for the good of the country. It still serves as a deterrent and helps prevent future crimes. It is not much different from a drafted soldier dying. The true guilty being executed is no problem. They made their choice when deciding to commit the crime.

Recently, editorial page editor John Diaz asked Mark Klaas whether he expects to feel closure if California executes Richard Allen Davis, the man who kidnapped, toyed with and then killed Klaas' 12-year-old daughter, Polly, in 1993. A jury found Davis guilty and sentenced him to death in 1996.
From the early days after Davis snatched Polly from a Petaluma slumber party, Klaas has been a highly visible advocate for strong laws to protect the public, especially children, from career criminals and predators like Davis. He had come to the San Francisco Chronicle with other opponents of Proposition 34, the...