Death penalty should be retained

March 02, 2011

With the more sophisticated tools now available to prove guilt, it is even more imperative that the death penalty be retained. ("Double victims," Feb. 27.) Certainly there are crimes so heinous that they cannot be overlooked by society. No murderer should feel that he or she is immune to the ultimate sentence, whether carried out or not.

Expediency in trying cases many times has led to reduced sentences and in the worst-case scenario release of individuals to once again prey on society. Whether used or not, the death penalty should be left in place as a threat to induce plea bargaining by the murderer for a life sentence, instead of for reduced time of incarceration.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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