- The Washington Times - Friday, March 6, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thank you for your refreshing and timely editorial criticizing Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s sanctimonious crusade to repeal the death penalty (“O’Malley’s misguided crusade,” Editorial, Tuesday). I have been closely following the repeal attempts in several states by opponents of capital punishment. Their brazen hypocrisy is shocking and highly offensive.

The very people from dozens of anti-death-penalty organizations who have made it extremely difficult and expensive via years of appeal (most of them frivolous) to carry out death sentences now claim the death penalty should be done away with because it costs too much. They also claim, without a hint of irony, that the years of appeals (many between 20 and 30 years) exacerbate the mental pain and suffering of victims’ surviving family members and friends. This, then, is cited as another reason to scrap the death penalty.

The people who cause the malfunctions cite those malfunctions as grounds for ending capital punishment. This is tantamount to placing a large boulder in front of an oncoming train and claiming after the wreck that there was something wrong with the locomotive.

I hope more Americans become aware of the grand manipulations and disingenuousness of the anti-death-penalty crowd.

AARON J. VESELENAK

Rogers City, Mich.


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