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Death penalty bill deserves support
http://www.ecnnews.com/cgi-bin/04/g/gstory.pl?fn-gedit02a

Though a recent Amnesty International poll indicates most Democratic legislators from the North of Boston region are still opposed to it, House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones' proposal to reinstate the death penalty in Massachusetts deserves serious consideration.

Like Gov. Mitt Romney previously, Jones is proposing that the pain of execution be reserved for those found guilty beyond any doubt of committing the most heinous crimes.

Modern technology such as DNA screening can establish guilt to the point of it being an almost absolute certainty. And there are certain crimes - the murder of a judge or police officer, terrorist acts, homicides involving torture or sexual assault - whose perpetrators have forfeited their right to live.

New Hampshire has the death penalty, but it has not had an execution since 1939. Similarly, we expect the penalty would be rarely employed in the Bay State. But it should be available to prosecutors here as it is to those at the federal level and in 37 other states.
 
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