Bring back the death penalty?

Cop killer gets 1st N.H. death sentence in 49 years

The Lowell Sun

Article Last Updated: 12/18/2008 10:49:36 AM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A jury on Thursday issued New Hampshire’s first death sentence in a half century to Michael Addison, who fatally shot a Manchester police officer two years ago…

Addison had been on a crime spree the week before the shooting and had said he would “pop a cop” if necessary to avoid arrest.…

A friend of mine is a public defender in Nevada.  In Nevada, like Massachusetts, there is no death penalty.  Last time he was back here in Massachusetts he informed me of a murder trial he was working on.  His client was currently serving 2 consecutive life sentences in prison.  He was arrested and charged with yet another murder.  If convicted, the only thing the system could do would add a 3rd consecutive life sentence to the end of his term.

1) “Life in prison” is not “just as good”

2) a 3rd life sentence was no deterrent for this individual.  He is unlikely to rise from the dead more than once.

3) If he had received the death penalty before his most recent murder, it would not have happened.  The death penalty would have saved at least one life.

The death penalty is an appropriate deterrent in some circumstances.  Killer are willing to kill to avoid prison.  Some may be willing to go to prison to avoid execution.

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