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It is understand­able that some

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would demand capital punishment for the severest of crimes. Vengeance is part of the human emotional makeup.

However, capital punishment does not effectivel­y deter crime. It is costly when one considers the appeals process. Perhaps the greatest problem with capital punishment is that it forces a defendant’s case to be heard by a jury composed of a skewed selection of the community.

Moreover, a life sentence without the possibilit­y of parole is for all practical purposes a death penalty. That should satisfy the most vengeful proponent of capital punishment.

Execution as a punishment for crime has outlived its usefulness and should be done away with.

John L. Indo Houston

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