Washington State is not known as a state who uses the Death Penalty much. The "Green River Killer named Gary Ridgeway,killed 48 Women, and he got life with no parole. In 2007
A couple killed her entire family on Christmas Eve. Among the dead were 2 children age 5 and 3. The Seattle Times says it has cost our state nearly 7 million dollars on this case.
The couple has yet to even GO to trial. There is no doubt about their guilt.
Yesterday,our Govenor Inslee pressed the "pause button" on ANY executions . He did not
commute any sentence, he just said ,we should talk about it. What a coward, if he is against
the Death penalty,he should commute all current death sentences to life in prison with no parole.
The 9th circuit of appeals is a very liberal court. Very few death sentences are ever carried
out in the Pacfic Nortwest.Our state has killed 5 men since 1976 and Oregon has killed 2.
Texas has killed over 500 during the same time period.
I remember calling on our prision in Walla Walla, Washington in the 1980"s when I sold
medical equipment. They had a prison hospital and I demonstated our products. The man
I talked to was a convicted murderer, He seemed to have some say in what type product
the hospital carried. The Doctors would make the final purchasing decesion but my convict
head had to see it first. He seemed like a nice guy and was happy enough for a man who wou;d never leave prision. I researched everything he said,he was indeed a murderer.
I always thought the State should let the victims loved ones decide the punishment. Now the more I think about this subject, I think Life in prision is more harsh than death.
Death frees the convicted of everything. I think a murderer should be made to stay in his or her cell 23 hours a day for the rest of their life. They should NOT be given the same privileges as the rest of the inmate population.
I was taught never to "lower" myself to a level of any evil. A moral person should have standards to live by. If we kill a murderer,than we are no different than the murderer.
I have yet to see one example of the death penalty lowering the number of deaths. You would think NO ONE in Texas would kill. That state WILL put you to death if you commit
It costs much more to seek the death penalty for the state than simply lock them up and throw away the key. The murderer should eat the cheapest food a state can find.
So many times,I hear the family of the murdered person say,"they are still gone," after
a person is put to death.
Lets rise above revenge in our society,