Anti-Death Penalty Movement Wooing Conservatives

The anti-death penalty movement is working to recruit more conservatives, tapping those influenced by both politics and faith in an effort to build a stronger bipartisan coalition.

Roy Brown, a Republican nominated for Montana governor in 2008, is among those who have joined the anti-death penalty movement. He says the sanctity of life -- an argument many conservatives cite against abortion -- and the high cost of capital punishment make executions unacceptable. And he hopes that will woo more of his conservative colleagues to the movement.

The push comes as more states look at abolishing the death penalty. Fifteen states have abolished capital punishment, including New Jersey and New Mexico, which took that step in 2007. And Kansas lawmakers are set to consider the matter later this month.


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  • by ANON on Jan 20, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    Without the Death Penalty, The Penalty for Murder is Free Food, Clothing & Shelter. Wonder why there are so many murders these days? DUH!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2010 at 10:42 PM
    US citizen for now: When will you change to US citizen no longer?
  • by dan Location: gville on Jan 19, 2010 at 09:03 PM
    it coats a lot of money to huouse inmates it coast less to kill if we all eat 3 meals a day its a lot of money to watch tv it cost & to watch most of them on the yard or in the cell bsing & not thinking about y they r in ther it makes me sick fine u want to get ride of the death penalty fine put that person with the family members that he or she killed & see what they would do ther is no true justice any moor just games so let the death penalty stay if not go to plane b that the family members decide what to do not this so called justice system
  • by Big C Location: Tarboro on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    I think that on our state taxes they should ask the taxpayers for a 5 dollar donation to speed up the execution process. When you committ a crime you should have a punishment that fits equally,and the death sentence should be as swift as the amount of time it took to commit the crime.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 at 07:59 PM
    I don't know when it became so much the "thing" for Republicans to be against the death penalty, but I find this repeated claim about high costs getting to be a real bore. Nothing about keeping someone alive in jail for 30 yrs or more costs less than an execution. That's ridiculous.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Jan 18, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    Eve Carson!...nuff said! Fry 'em!
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jan 18, 2010 at 04:48 PM
    If a conservative were to change thier mind about the death penalty, I guess that would make them a liberal. the conservative side keeps slipping toward the liberal side, and this is why they are failing, not because they are standing up for the beliefs that made them a conservative in the first place. As for the death penalty, if you are aproaching it from a Biblical perspective, the commandment says: "Thou shall not murder", it does not say thou shall not kill. Murder is the taking of innocent life. However on the other hand when an abortion is performed, the baby that was terminated was the picture of absolute innocense. I guess the liberals think we should just slap someone on the back of the noggin if they kill someone while they are robbing them. If you send someone to prison for life for a hanious crime you send absolutely no message to the criminal element of our society. Buzz-
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    I bet if any of these people had one of their family members get murdered, they would THEN want the death penalty come into play.
  • by Ken Location: Eastern NC on Jan 18, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    Why are the ones who murdered Tom Davis (NCSHP) in 1975 still alive. They were given the death penalty but it was changed. There penalty should still have been carried out. Then we wouldn't be wasting time arguing about whether or not they should be turned loose for 'serving their time'. Maybe if there was a fear of death, some criminals would possible rethink things before killing. But now, they have no fear. Kill. Pull a few years. You're out again and still alive. What ever happened to victim's rights and justice for all?
  • by marine mom Location: washington on Jan 18, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    I think the only thing wrong with the dealth penalty is that it is nor used enough nor is it used quick enough.Conservatives cant be wooed to change our opinions, we make rational opinions based on facts.
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