David Duggan 
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Re: “Faith group urges end to death penalty

As an Illinois citizen, where the death penalty was sadly abolished five years ago, I have no dog in this fight. But as a resident of Chicago, which has seen the incidence of crime, including murder, skyrocket after the death penalty was abolished, I have no doubt that there's a cause and effect relationship. The gangbangers and other miscreants can commit their crimes with relative impunity, not facing the ultimate penalty for their transgressions. In short, the death penalty has to be there, perhaps not imposed on an assembly-line basis as apparently Arkansas is planning, but with respect for the proposition that society has the right to determine that a particular crime is outside the bounds of what society deems worth the effort to rehabilitate. We have all sinned, St. Paul states, and I grew up hearing every week that God desireth not the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live. For those unrepentant criminals, however, the death penalty is an appropriate use of the state's resources. That is why I also favor clemency, used as an exercise of the governor's informed discretion, as an appropriate counterbalance to the determination by the prosecutor which brings the charges, the jury which finds the culpability and the judge who imposes the sentence.

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Posted by David Duggan on 04/12/2017 at 8:08 AM

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Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism


 

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