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Death Penalty Repeal?

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Last week, Georgia carried out that very sentence over a public outcry that Troy Davis was an innocent man.

Many of the witnesses who testified against him later recanted.

Due in no small part to the Davis execution, here in Florida democratic Representative Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda's filed a bill to abolish our death penalty.

In her view, even given advances in d-n-a technology, many times it's impossible to prove guilt beyond any doubt.

And beyond that, a death row inmate can cost taxpayers millions of dollars in court fees as the appeals process drags on.

Representative Rehwinkel-Vasilinda's says, "I'm thinking that a better way to spend our money, instead of 51-million dollars a year on death penalty appeals and all that sort of thing, we could put that money to better use in law enforcement, investigation and equipment."

Florida has a unique affinity for capital punishment, having become the first state to perform an execution after the supreme court re-authorized it back in the early '70s.

And, even today, Tallahassee's Republican leaders are unabashedly tough on crime.

The death penalty's a key part of that philosophy.

If would-be criminals know they could be executed, they may be less inclined to commit a crime.

For those who may not have done anything, they'd have a chance at being exonerated.

Only if enough people agree it's time to put capital punishment itself to death.


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