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Friday, December 31, 2004

Massachusetts Governor Seeks Return of Death Penalty

MittMassachusetts is one of the twelve states without the death penalty, but MA Governor Mitt Romney is preparing to file a bill in early 2005 to bring capital punishment back to the state.  Romney hopes the new death penalty bill will become a model for other states to follow, because he believes, "[t]he weakness in the death penalty statutes in other states...is the fear that you may execute someone who is innocent."  But Romney believes this bill will eliminate the possibility by requiring DNA testing and limiting the sentence to the "worst of the worst" crimes including terrorism, the murder of police officers and murder involving torture and the killing of witnesses.

Romney appointed a death penalty panel to research and develop this bill to bring capital punishment back to Massachusetts as one of his central campaign pledges to win the gubernatorial race, but the Democrat-controlled MA Legislature is skepitcal that reaching 100% certainty regarding a suspect's guilt is ever possible.  For the full story, click here or to read Talkleft's coverage of this story, click here. [Mark Godsey]

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