Topeka Attorney General Steve Six says saving money should not be the justification for abolishing the Kansas death penalty law.
Six addressed the media Thursday to urge legislators to reject a bill that would end the death penalty effective July 1. The Senate will debate the bill on Monday.
Supporters of the bill say it will save the state millions at a time when Kansas is facing financial difficulties. But Six and victims’ families argue that a price shouldn’t be placed on justice.
They argue that convicted murders such as Jonathan and Reginald Carr, who committed multiple murders in 2000, have “forfeited their right” to live in society because of their actions.
Six said the Carr brothers’ death sentence appeals could be affected should legislators abolish the law.