Death penalty flawed

Posted Monday, Jul. 01, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Death penalty flawed

According to former prosecutor and author Scott Turow, who served on the Illinois commission that investigated the administration of the death penalty in that state, there are five controlling variables that determine whether a person convicted of murder receives the death penalty: race, geography, gender, money and lawyers.

Murderers of whites are 31/2 times more likely to receive the death penalty than murderers of blacks. Murderers convicted in rural areas and murderers of women are more likely to receive the ultimate punishment. The more money a defendant has to spend on competent lawyers and investigators, the less likely he or she will receive the death penalty.

Why do some who murder multiple people receive life sentences, while others who kill one person get the death penalty? The death penalty can never be administered fairly and justly, nor can it function flawlessly, which should be required of the ultimate penalty.

— J.R. Price, Fort Worth

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?