Re: “Wrong direction on Colorado death penalty,” Jan. 26 editorial.
I oppose the death penalty, because I
think it is a punishment that man lacks the moral authority to impose. But your editorial against it is illogical.
Your editorial contends that if a jury cannot agree unanimously to impose the death penalty, after agreeing unanimously that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of committing a crime for which the death penalty is sanctioned, then “the logical response to that fact is to abolish the penalty, not lower the standard under which it is imposed.”
Huh? But there is no “logic” in that at all. The citizens have voted to preserve the death penalty in rare circumstances, but it never gets imposed because a few jurors object to it in all circumstances. The “logical response” is not for those few jurors to thwart the will of the entire state.
Glenn Beaton, Aspen
This letter was published in the Jan. 28 edition.
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