Scrap­ping death penalty is wrong

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

In the blink of an eye Gavin New­som both in­sulted and in­creased the vic­tim­iza­tion of one of Cal­i­for­nia’s most vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions: the fam­i­lies of mur­der vic­tims.

His state­ment that the death penalty would not soften the blow for crime vic­tims’ fam­i­lies only ex­poses his lack of un­der­stand­ing as to what oc­curs when fam­i­lies lose loved ones to hor­ri­ble crimes. The blow un­be­knownst to Mr. New­som was al­ready dealt when in­no­cent fam­ily mem­bers were mur­dered.

To Gavin New­som I say this: our daugh­ter was in­no­cent. She was bru­tally mur­dered. The per­pe­tra­tor was nei­ther a per­son of color, men­tally ill or poor. The mur­derer was con­victed in Mon­terey County in trial where he had two de­fense at­tor­neys and a jury of his peers. Due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence he was con­victed. A sec­ond trial on pun­ish­ment re­sulted in the jury of his peers rec­om­mend­ing death and a very in­tel­li­gent and wise judge sen­tenc­ing him to death. No hat tricks, just jus­tice ac­cord­ing to and re­quired by law.

And so in re­sponse to Gavin New­som’s moral­ity: best check your­self. Your real rea­son for a mora­to­rium on the death penalty may be found in your polling data and not in the is­sue of per­sonal moral­ity.

– Wil­liam Hick­man, Clo­vis

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