In an editorial lauding jury nullification of the death penalty, The Seattle Times mocks Washington state voters who overwhelmingly supported capital punishment when it was last on the ballot in 1975 [“Jury nullification of death penalty sends strong message to prosecutors,” Opinion, May 30]. Local political sentiment shouldn’t govern the punishment meted out to defendant Joseph McEnroe – the case was State of Washington v. McEnroe, not King County Liberals v. McEnroe.
But why should I, a former Washingtonian living in New Jersey, care? Because we have in custody Ali Muhammad Brown, who allegedly gunned down in cold blood three people in Washington, two of whom for the “crime” of being gay, and one in New Jersey to steal his car. He then bragged about the killings. If convicted, Brown’s punishment should fit his crime. Only in Washington state is that possible.
In its never-ending race to enact the worst public policies in the nation, New Jersey abolished capital punishment in 2007. It’s been murderer’s row ever since.
Those who argue capital punishment is costly and time-consuming are those who created the problem with unceasing, mostly frivolous, legal challenges that drive up the cost and consume time.
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Dangerous monsters in our midst who commit heinous crimes — remember Charles Rodman Campbell? — must be permanently removed.
Scott St. Clair, Belleville, N.J.