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March 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cal Coburn Brown’s execution

Opposition hoping to dupe less-emotional thinkers

As we approach the execution of Cal Coburn Brown, opponents of the death penalty argue we should cease executions because it is cheaper than continuing them [“State prepares for first execution since 2001,” Local News, March 9].

There are a number of problems with this argument. First, the reason the death penalty is so expensive is because of the frivolous legal challenges mounted by these very same opponents. Their tactics are akin to extortion. If they really wanted to lower the cost of justice, they would help expedite the executions, not inhibit them.

Second, by basing their argument on costs, they imply they would favor executions if a way could be found to lower the costs of execution to a price less than life in prison.

Let’s skip the hypocrisy.

The opponents of the death penalty are morally opposed to it at any price, but rather

than wave their Bible at us, they are tossing out tortured, amoral arguments in the hopes of duping less-emotional thinkers.

— Dick Dickinson, Seattle

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