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Kansans wanting to repeal the death penalty applaud Maryland’s action

May 2, 2013

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— Kansans calling for repeal of the state's death penalty were glad to hear on Thursday that Maryland became the 18th state to abolish capital punishment.

Kansas faces the same problems that led Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to sign the repeal of that state's death penalty, according to the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

"The lesson from Maryland is that there is no fixing the death penalty process,” said Mary Sloan, executive director of KCAD Penalty.

“Maryland tried to reform the system with a moratorium on executions and extensive reforms. But in the end, Maryland learned that the only way to fix the death penalty is to replace it,” Sloan said.

In Kansas, four death sentences have been overturned because of various errors made during the trials. No executions have been carried out under the 1994 statute reinstating the death penalty.

"The Kansas death penalty is too drawn out, too costly and ridden with mistakes,” Sloan said. “Replacing it with life without parole will eliminate the possibility of executing an innocent person, and provide better services to victims’ families."

Two bills were introduced in the Kansas Legislature this year to eliminate the death penalty.

Senate Bill 126 and House Bill 2397 would replace it with the sentence of life without the possibility of parole. HB 2397 would shift funds saved by repealing the death penalty to support the families of homicide victims and provide mental health services.

Neither bill has received a committee hearing.

The last time the Kansas Legislature debated repeal of the death penalty was in 2010 when the Senate voted 20-20 to abolish capital punishment. That was one vote less than the 21-vote majority needed to advance the measure.

Supporters of abolishing the death penalty say it requires extra funding to litigate death penalty cases, which robs dollars from other budget needs.

Comments

Liberty275 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The death penalty is barbaric. If America was a great country we would have long ago amended the constitution to forbid its use.

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Nikonman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

At present, the so-called death penalty costs more because of the Judges, lawyers, feeding them, medical care and all the other things we have to pay for. Why do appeals seem to go on forever or at least 10 to 20 years? The purpose of that murder trial should be to find the truth, not bend over backwards to give the accused every break possible. And by the way, if they get life in prison, they still appeal their conviction or sentence at public expense. The accused have a right to a speedy trial so why don't we have a right to speedy justice? Even if there is some doubt as to guilt, it should not take that long for an appeal. As I recall, the Carr brothers murder trial in Wichita did not get very much coverage by the LJW probably because it was not a local case, but it has to rank as one of the most brutal murder cases in the history of the State of Kansas. Do a little research on it if you like. It was about ten years ago and they are still alive after getting the death sentence. I'd be willing to bet they will still be alive 10 years from now and that is not justice.

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koman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

sanctity of human life! sanctity of human life! sanctity of human life! sanctity of human life!

....until we have a chance to judge someone and kill them!

kill kill kill kill

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flloyd 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Let's get rid of the death chair and get a death couch. We can toast a bunch of these thugs at once (instead of of one at a time) therefore saving the the Stae precious dollars.

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jhawkinsf 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Meanwhile, Ohio just executed a man whose rape of a six month old girl was so brutal, it caused her death.

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kansasdaughter 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Some people deserve to die for what they have done, and they will, eventually. I just don't think the State should have the power to decide who and when.

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PwopellewCap 11 months, 2 weeks ago

An eye for an eye ....works for me. You kill, you go that way too.

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Clark Coan 11 months, 2 weeks ago

If the "pro-life" activists would put as much effort in abolishing the death penalty as they do on abolishing abortion, it would be repealed.

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