To: Representative Steve Handy
cc: Governor Gary Herbert and staff
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee
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From: Dudley Sharp, death penalty expert
Dear Rep. Handy:
I hope, this time, you will fact check.
Here is a rebuttal, below, to (one of many) conservatives who refuses to fact check.
In a message dated 12/14/2017 1:08:57 PM Central Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
To: Richard Viguerie (c/0 http://www.conservativehq.com/Contact)
bcc: All editors and commentary writers, Washington Times
copied to Oliver North, Jay Sekulow, Ron Paul, Michael Steele, Ramesh Ponnuru
Re: "Republicans reconsidering the death penalty", Richard Viguerie, Washington Times, December 13, 2017
From: Dudley Sharp. death penalty expert, former opponent
I fully rebutted all of Viguerie's anti death penalty points in 2009 (1). I send him my rebuttal. He did not respond.
To repeat, with his present op/ed, many points of which are the same, as in 2009:
1) Why conservative support for the death penalty has dropped.
Viguerie:" . . . what caused this drop in conservative support in the first place? His answer: " . . . an ongoing educational campaign to inform conservatives of the death penalty’s many practical failures."
Sharp rebuttal: It is a misinformation campaign, which duplicates the liberal anti death penalty claims, which have been rebutted for years (1,2).
Viguerie, for example, extols the efforts of the Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCADP), a group owned and controlled by a very well known liberal anti death penalty group, Equal Justice USA, which counts as its financial supporters many liberal groups, inclusive of George Soros (fn 1 from 1), all detailed for Viguerie in 2009 (fn 1 from 1).
Here is a review of all of Viguerie's education points, which he claims are reasons to do away with the death penalty.
2) limited government
Sharp Rebuttal: Death row represents 0.04% of the criminals, currently, within the criminal justice system. Possibly, death row is the smallest of all government components.
Sharp Rebuttal: There appears to be three or more states where the death penalty saves money over life without parole (LWOP) (3). In those states where the death penalty might be more expensive than LWOP, that is not the fault of the death penalty, but of management (4). Fix them.
For example, Virginia has executed 112 murderers, since 1976, within 7 years of appeals, on average (3). All states would save money over LWOP, if they don't already, by duplicating that protocol. If Virginia can do it, all states can.
Death row is a small component, of the total corrections cost, within each state.
Sharp Rebuttal to Viguerie's points.
The Catholic Church has supported the death penalty for over 2000 years (5).
Some in the Church, as with Viguerie, have accepted a confusion, since 1995, that justice is no longer primary, which, clearly, is contrary to Church teachings, for 2000 years, through today (5,6).
In addition, the new teachings, 1995 forward, are based upon the secular confidence in criminal justice systems, which as you might notice, Viguerie has no confidence in any government programs, with some in the Church saying, because criminal justice systems have the means to protect us from unjust aggressors, without using the death penalty, that we should chose less severe sanctions.
5) Support for the death penalty is at a 45-year low, some surveys showing that a clear majority prefers repealing and replacing the death penalty
Dudley Sharp, 7/09
Catholic Church: Problems with Her Newest Death Penalty Position:
The Catechism & Section 2267
World Support Remains High
95% of Murder Victim's Family Members Support Death Penalty
READ SECTIONS 3&4 FIRST