The Reinstitution of the Federal Death Penalty

Many of our readers learned over the weekend that the Federal death penalty has been reimposed.

Five executions of murderers on the Federal death row will be performed in December, according to reports appearing in the New York Times.

These are the five the government wants to execute: The men, whose ages range from 37 to 67, have each been convicted of heinous crimes, and together have been involved in the slayings of 13 victims. The cases fell under federal jurisdiction because of how or where they were carried out.

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GOVERNOR BAKER: THE DEATH PENALTY KILLS A BIT OF ALL OF US

Keith Ablow, MD is a psychiatrist, New York Times bestselling author and was host of the nationally-syndicated “Dr. Keith Ablow Show.”  He is a former member of the Fox News Medical A Team.

By Keith Ablow
Special to the Leader Herald

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has come out in favor of the death penalty for cop killers.  I think he’s wrong.

I believe police officers are among the most heroic public servants.  I take it like a kick to the gut whenever one is harmed.  Weymouth Police Sargeant Michael Chesna, who was gunned down July 15, was a hero.  There are really no words to express how selfless a person has to be to stand in harms way and risk his or her life, for the rest of us.

Yet I don’t believe anyone should ever be executed—neither by a state, nor by the federal government.

Is that because I believe that wrongly-convicted individuals could be executed? The Innocence Project has certainly proven that innocent people are sent to death row.  But that isn’t my chief reason for opposing the death penalty. Continue reading “GOVERNOR BAKER: THE DEATH PENALTY KILLS A BIT OF ALL OF US”