Death Penalty A No-Go In Mass.

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts is one of only 15 states without the death penalty, this is in part due to some very influential opponents of capital punishment on Beacon Hill.

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  • mikey

    I hope Steven Hayes burns in hell.

  • taxedout

    Remember this is Mass, they could set off a Dirty Bomb in Cambrirdge and the offender would get personal regog!!!

  • Nicole

    We absolutely should have the Death Penalty

  • Petetm

    And there I was thinking this was a democracy.

  • Adam Orden

    Your commentary on the death penalty was very disappointing. Surely, there are some people who deserve to die because of crimes. However, by focusing on the fact that the legislature is made of of lawyers, you missed the key points in the debate, and played to the lowest common denominator. Ask any defense lawyer: The justice system is completely stacked against the poor, black and minorities in this country. The rich get superb representation, the poor get very bad legal help. As a society, we routinely underfund legal aid. Secondly, as any criminal lawyer will tell you (off the record of course), it is not at all unusual for law enforcement to submit perjured testimony on the witness stand. Thirdly, some judges are less than competent and should not be entrusted to run a murder trial. Justice isn’t perfect, nor does it have to be, however, with an individual’s life on the line unless you can guarantee a very high level of performance in all these areas then capital punishment should be taken off the table.

  • Kathy Nolan Deschenes

    Seeing Bernie Law talk about any form of justice makes me sick.

    I think it goes beyond the lawyers on Beacon Hill but that’s an interesting angle. We are in a liberal state and liberal thought is against the death penalty. I, for the most part, consider myself to be a liberal but I am for the death penalty in some situations. Some crimes are so horrific and the murderers and rapists who commit them are so ammoral that it seems a no-brainer to me to take these excuses for humans out of the gene pool

  • Kathy Nolan Deschenes

    p.s. I’m the ole “KathyD” poster. Not sure why BZ suddenly decided to pull my entire name from Facebook but we’ll just add that to the list.

  • Sue Eskenazi Sweeney

    I’m glad I live in a state that does not have “The Death Penalty”. Just because someone murdered others, we don’t need to become murderers ourselves. Just put they away in solidary confinement until they die of natural causes

  • MJ Coughlin

    Connecticut’s death penalty didn’t deter this hideous crime. What will they accomplish by putting the convicted killer to death other than exacting revenge? Our society should be better than that.

    • Tim McG

      The death penalty in CT has been used once in the last 45 years. That is hardly a sufficient representative example to determine whether or not it is an effective deterrent. That being said, I don’t care about deterrence, nor revenge. I care about protecting society from depraved animals who are a threat to fellow inmates and prison employees, and to whomever they may encounter when a “progressive” judge or parole board lets them out of jail.

    • Jim B

      well, one thing we know if we put these beasts to death is they’ll never kill again, inside or out of prison. That works for me.

  • Tim McG

    Adam, you are delusional. The justice system is not stacked against minorities; poor, uneducated, urban minorities commit a disproportionate number of crimes, particularly violent crimes. That is an inarguable statistical truth. It has nothing to do with race or social justice or a culture of oppression. It has everything to do with a culture that does not value personal responsibility and work vs. reward. Poor people who commit heinous crimes do not do so because they are victims, They do so because they are deviants. Your white guilt is misdirected. The accused are offered tax payer funded legal counsel; if a plaintiff is truly innocent it shouldn’t require a Harvard educated defense attorney to demonstrate that. Society needs to be protected from ruthless killers. That includes citizens who happen to work in our correctional facilities, and those who occupy our prisons for lesser crimes. One cannot guarantee that a killer will not kill again until his cold, dark heart ceases to beat.

  • snowflake

    When there are witnesses, or no doubt about the guilt of a person who commits a horrific crime, then the death penalty prevents them from leaving prison and killing again. I think our biggest curse against justice is allowing criminals to “plea bargain.” That in itself will put a murderer back on the street again. What ever happened to good old fashioned investigative work instead of making the job easy and plea bargaining with a snitch?

  • Tim McG

    Excuse the typo; I meant “defendant” rather than “plantiff”.

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