Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Death Penalty

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us TC read an interesting article this morning in the Washington Post regarding Jerry Kilgore's stance on the Death Penalty. Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore wants to make accomplices to murder(2nd degree murder) able to be sentenced to Death. It's been a long running tradition except in certain circumstances, that if a person is on trial for murder, and did not directly commit murder, that they are not able to be sentenced to death. As pro-death penalty as Virginia voters are, this might come off alittle extreme, especially to NOVA voters. Then again, it's NOVA voters who have to deal with the Gang problems of MS-13, which was the main point in Kilgore's plan. It will be interesting to see if Kaine tries to turn this around on Kilgore.


At 6/21/2005 03:58:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

Assuming, as the article states, that this change would only be applied in gang-related cases and the killing of jury witnesses, I think this is a positive. Obviously, anyone who is against the death penalty will have major problems with this. As someone who believes that there are some crimes that are heinous enough to demand the ultimate penalty, I feel that these additions are necessary. Of course, they won't solve the gang problem in and of themselves. But if Kilgore really means business where gangs are concerned, he's stating his intentions loud and clear.

Now Kaine has to think very carefully about how to respond to this. Does he try to shore up his base by vigorously condemning it? Or does he simply deflect the issue?

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