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Death Penalty Debated

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada may put the death penalty on hold. Witnesses tell a legislative committee that the state needs to understand how much it costs to put and keep someone on death row.

AB501 would require the audit division of the Legislative Counsel Bureau to tally costs for prosecution and post-conviction appeals. Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick says the cost is irrelevant because Nevadans support the death penalty.

  • Richard A. Emerson

    I believe the death penalty is a necessary component of our justice system. If an individual premeditatedly takes the life of one or more others, then the murderer should be dispatched back to his maker. If this does not happen, it sends a signal to all society that the life of the suspect is more valuable or more important than that of the victims. The mere thought is offensive to any thinking person. The argument that taking life for life is a false premise at best. The shedding of innocent blood is a sin, not executing a convicted murder.

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