How about instead of doing away with the death penalty, we fix it? With DNA, a conviction should be foolproof. The system of endless appeals should stop; lawyers are making a mockery of the system. Why should taxpayers foot the bill for these criminals to have cable TV, medical and dental care, food and housing?
Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio has the right idea: Make these guys support themselves and live in tents. If that’s good enough for our troops, it should be good enough for criminals. There should be a limit of no more than three appeals in cases of DNA identification, with the death sentence carried out in no more than two years. I believe this would be a deterrent to capital crimes because, now, a criminal knows he’ll probably die of old age before his sentence is carried out.
Richard Persson, Miami