Walk By Anti-Death Penalty Group Ends In Raleigh

The leader of a 300-mile trek from Raleigh to the coast and back is confident legislation to abolish North Carolina's death penalty will be heard one day at the General Assembly.

Ten members of the group Sojourners for Abolition and Reconciliation completed the last leg of the 16-day walking trip Tuesday morning by traveling to the Legislative Building.

Organizer Scott Bass was the only person who walked the entire trip. He says the pilgrimage raised awareness about the death penalty as well as about the family members of both murder victims and perpetrators.

The Legislature isn't considering bills to eliminate the death penalty this year. Bass says lawmakers shouldn't wait until other states end capital punishment to take a stand on the issue.

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  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 30, 2009 at 10:47 PM
    Matthew I am sure you feel all warm and cozy now that you have taken the "high road" are superior to us poor ignorant people who favor the death penalty. Why should someone be allowed to take anothers life, who will no longer be around to live, to grow, to be with family, to have children and a person who chose to commit a crime and take the victim away from their family be allowed to live? I bet your tune would change if it happened to your mother, father or child? I hope you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!It takes over 10 years for someone on death row to be put to death and during all that time they are able to appeal the decision through the court system, but the victim can't appeal THEY ARE DEAD! Why don't you go to a country where the penalty is swift and they are immediately put to death, oh yeah that's hard, but in the US its easy to sit back and take the moral high ground. The death penalty may not be a deterent, but that killer will not be able to do it again.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 30, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    In other news, people were seen begging for water and popping blisters on their feet at the legislative building. I vote for swift and deadly punishment to those that murder,rape, or molest.. It might not deter any crime but it sure beats letting them go!
  • by Matthew Location: Stella on Jun 30, 2009 at 08:40 PM
    If murder is wrong, how can the death penalty be the right solution? It costs millions more to put someone to death than it does to give them a life without parole sentence. Our justice system is too error prone. If you put someone in jail and years later there is evidence that the person was not guilty, you can let them go free. You can't resurrect them if the state has already killed them. Having the death penalty does not to deter criminal behavior. It is nothing more than a political tool used to sate the bloodlust of those that think eye for an eye is an actual solution and who do not understand that it just perpetuates the problem.
  • by elvislovesjustice on Jun 30, 2009 at 06:25 PM
    I think that Judy Collins sang it best----"bring on the clowns". they should be pretty healthy by now, however. Thank me vvery much!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 30, 2009 at 05:48 PM
    Mr. Bass, which inmate on death row would you like to take home with you? If you don't take one, how can you believe in your one man march?
  • by Alex on Jun 30, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    These idiots should read the story about the innocent ECU student that was killed and the innocent restaurant manager then decide what they think about the horrible death penalty.

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