Wants end to death penalty


I applaud Gov. Inslee for his moratorium on the death penalty. I believe it should done away with. A letter published in the Bellingham Herald Feb, 24 does an excellent job pointing out what I believe is wrong with the death penalty. I would like to carry those arguments one step further.

In 1978, the man who was to be my husband was unanimously convicted of first degree murder. One juror held out from giving him the death penalty and so he received a life sentence instead. Now he is 82 years old and still in prison. Had he been put to death for this crime, I believe the state would have executed the wrong man. I believe the real killer has been "free" all these years. How would killing the wrong person have benefitted society?

In an article in the March 1 Bellingham Herald, Cameron Todd Willingham, 36, was executed a decade ago in Texas for setting a 1991 house fire that killed his three young daughters. His family and attorneys from the Innocence Project appealed to the Texas governor and state parole board recently to reconsider Willingham's case in light of new evidence that he was wrongly convicted by the use of faulty forensic techniques and the false testimony of a jail-house informant. They urge a posthumous pardon. Although it might clear his name, a posthumous pardon will not bring Willingham back to life.

Shannon Hager


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