"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Monday, March 12, 2007

Montana Slipping

A public official has a delicate conscience suddenly about the death penalty, and yet still expects to be paid a salary for a job he doesn't intend to do:

HELENA - The death penalty no longer should be allowed in Montana, the attorney general's office said Friday in supporting a bill that would abolish capital punishment.

The threat of death does not deter criminals and the process involved in death penalty cases is long and expensive, Assistant Attorney General John Connor told the House Judiciary Committee.

"It seems to me to be the ultimate incongruity to say we respect life so much that we're going to dedicate all our money, all our resources, our legal expertise and our entire system to try and take your life. ... Frankly, I just don't think I can do it anymore," he said.

Uhhh, then how 'bout resigning your position so a replacement can be hired who will enforce the laws enacted by the Montana legislature reflecting the will of the people?

Montana is apparently contemplating a bill that would not only abolish capital punishment, but would overrule the jury verdict in the state's two pending death row cases by commuting those sentences to life imprisonment. This shows yet again why LWOP is no guarantee of the public safety: political activists can subvert any jury verdict and reduce senteces already imposed. As I've argued before, when the death penalty goes, LWOP will be next on the chopping block, under the rubric that it is cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

(I would add links, but Blogger is acting up this morning).

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