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Death Penalty Repeal in Missouri: Senator Gina Walsh Says Capital Punishment is Not Pro-Life

Categories: Crime, Politics

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State Senator Gina Walsh.
State Senator Gina Walsh says she is well aware that there will likely be opposition to her controversial proposal to repeal the death penalty in Missouri -- but that's not stopping her from pushing forward.

"My constituency probably won't like it," she tells Daily RFT. "But this is something I support...and I thought it was time to stop being wishy-washy about it. If one person dies because they made a mistake through the death penalty, that is one person too many."

But just how steep of an opposition will Walsh, a St. Louis County Democrat, face?

Senate Bill 247, which has been heard in the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee of the Senate, mirrors repeal bills across the country, where five states over the last five years have abolished the penalty. There are 33 states, including Missouri, that still have capital punishment -- though about a dozen have not executed anyone in recent years.

SB 247, full draft below, says:

Under current law, the punishment for first degree murder is either life imprisonment without eligibility for parole or death.

This act repeals the punishment of the death penalty for first degree murder. In addition, this act provides that any person sentenced to death before August 28, 2013, must be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

Walsh says there are many reasons to oppose the death penalty in Missouri.

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"It doesn't deter crime. It discriminates against racial minorities and poor people who can't afford attorneys," she explains. "You can buy your freedom if you have the right guy."

Continue for more of our interview with Gina Walsh and for the full bill.

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CatBurke
CatBurke

You can take at face value, the propaganda set forth by the people who want to get rid of the Death Penalty...

Meanwhile,

I am TALKING with PARENTS OF MURDERED CHILDREN, and VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME -Now that I AM BOTH...

And the TRUTH of what happens for these people,

TOO MANY TIMES - is that their MURDERER who was

ORIGINALLY SENTENCED to

Life Without the Possibility of Parole 20+ years ago

IS RIGHT NOW getting parole hearings

THAT THEY MUST ATTEND TO ENSURE THE MURDERER STAYS BEHIND BARS...

And the WORST thing I hear from Parents or Victims who thought their MURDERER was locked up FOREVER – because they were sentenced to Life WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY -

IS THE MURDERER HAS BEEN SET FREE!

So - you can choose to trust in that Propaganda… But I'll continue to fight to keep MURDERERS OFF THE STREETS, keep the citizens SAFE, and PROTECT THE CHILDREN from these MONSTERS!

Because unlike you,

I survived an attack from a mass murderer...

My daughter Saskia was brutally, viciously, violently stabbed to death here in my home!   My husband and another child staying with us over Christmas break were stabbed...

And my 13 year-old daughter witnessed all of it!

I live each day inside a horror now, that is 

TOO UNIMAGINABLE TO BEAR...

And while you complain about 'money' or 'political views' - I am trying to PROTECT EVERYONE ELSE, from living inside this HORROR

I HAVE BEEN "SENTENCED" TO LIVE WITHIN!

Kelly Kaufmann
Kelly Kaufmann

Definitely contradictory. Just like not funding support for new mother's/babies health. Pro-life for the GOP ends at birth.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Killing babies fine. Killing cold-blooded murderers bad?

I wish to preserve innocent lives, and have no issues with ending the lives of those convicted of cold-blooded murder. Rather ending the death penalty, consider making the death penalty a harder level to achieve.

Ryan Stufft
Ryan Stufft

If the death penalty is repealed then those that support it should be taxed at a higher rate to support those who would normally be on death row.

Bushey Tina
Bushey Tina

I don't care about the religious pro-life side of the issue. Our system is imperfect and there is very likely a chance to sentence the wrong person. I think even more important argument is how society uses the prison system. Until the system can be reformed, we have no right to condem anyone to such an extreme, archaic form of punishment. @million march: Many studies find that the tax dollars used by prisoners that receive the death penalty are greater than those used by prisoners that receive life without parole.

dudleysharp
dudleysharp

OF COURSE THE DEATH PENALTY DETERS

http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/03/of-course-death-penalty-deters.html


95% of murder victim's families support death penalty
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/04/victims-families-for-death-penalty.html US Death Penalty Support at 80%; World Support Remains High
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/04/us-death-penalty-support-at-80-world.html

PRO LIFE: THE DEATH PENALTY

http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/01/pro-life-death-penalty.html

DEATH PENALTY SUPPORT: CIVILIZED & INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES

http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/search?q=COUNTRIES

Million March Against Child Abuse April 22,2013 St
Million March Against Child Abuse April 22,2013 St

When a Child is murdered and raped, DEATH penalty is needed. Harsher punishment for crimes against children is needed. 175,000.00 per inmate per year for sex offender treatment is to pricey, we are taxed, taxed and told the children's nutrition programs, pre school will be taken, this is insanity.

Lossy Dreamsequence
Lossy Dreamsequence

No, missouri should take a look at the world and realize only violent countries have the death penalty. This isn't the middle ages. Grow up, America.

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