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September 15, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Death penalty: Cost of trials is too high

Two people who allegedly killing six family members in Carnation in 2007 are still awaiting trial [“Carnation death-penalty case hit by more delays,” Local News, Sept. 5]. Seven years, so far, of delay.

Why? Because the state is asking for the death penalty and the defense lawyers, as they should, are fighting vigorously for their clients’ lives.

How much is this costing state taxpayers? A lot. And for what, to satisfy our blood lust for vengeance? And, of course, if convicted, the appeals, mandatory under state law, would take many more years and cost us more millions.

When will we wake up and abolish the death penalty?  It is barbaric and many studies find that it is not a deterrent.

Don Logerwell, Seattle

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