Bill filed to end the death penalty | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bill filed to end the death penalty

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 7:09 PM

click to enlarge DAVID BURNETT: Proposes end to death penalty.
  • DAVID BURNETT: Proposes end to death penalty.

Sen. David Burnett
has introduced a bill to end the death penalty in Arkansas. He'd replace the punishment for a capital crime with a sentence of life in prison or life without parole.

Three things:

1) The Arkansas Times has long supported an end to the death penalty. It is not a deterrent to crime. It is more expensive than a finite sentence. The state's involvement in death is objectionable. Mistakes are uncorrectable. The penalty is unfairly applied.

2) Burnett was the judge in the trial that led to a death penalty for Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three.

3) Despite the mire in which the death penalty has sunk, it is unrealistic to expect a Republican-majority legislature to approve this bill.

Still ...


Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Another week, another open line

    The Monday open line and today's news and comment.
    • Oct 23, 2017
  • Dental association rips Hutchinson appointee to dental board

    The Arkansas Dental Association has criticized Gov. Asa Hutchinson for not taking its recommendation for a dental regulatory board appointment and appointing instead someone with a record of dental practice violations in the early 1990s.
    • Oct 23, 2017
  • Sabin raises $100,000 for mayor's race

    Michael Cook, a political consultant, has issued a news release saying state Rep. Warwick Sabin has raised $100,000 for his race for Little Rock mayor against incumbent Mayor Mark Stodola.
    • Oct 23, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act

    The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied a request to rehear its decision invalidating Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act.
    • Nov 3, 2016
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017

Most Shared

  • Discussion: State killing of the mentally ill

    The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and others will have a forum on mental illness and the death penalty at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bowen School of Law's Friday Courtroom.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Dear Little Rock,

    • OMG! You bought the domain and created an "intervention" website over the weekend to go…

    • on October 23, 2017
  • Re: Dear Little Rock,

    • Publishing this in the DG, Washington Post or flying a banner would be money well…

    • on October 23, 2017
  • Re: The Monday Democrat-Gazette was slimmer this morning

    • I take the Dem/Gazette primarily to read Wally Hall! (All who believe that can stand…

    • on October 23, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation