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The LA Times has written a forceful editorial stating that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be given the death penalty. In writing this editorial, they are reversing the position they took in calling for the execution of Timothy McVeigh in 2001.
From the LA Times:
It was the desire for retribution that led this page to agree in 2001 that Timothy J. McVeigh, who murdered 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, deserved the death penalty. But that editorial was written out of passion, not justice, and we now regret what we wrote. It is in cases like these that a principled opposition to the death penalty is tested, and we should have understood that.
The death penalty does not make our communities or country safer, instead, it continues the cycle of violence, pain, and loss. We should redirect the time, resources and energy spent on the death penalty towards victims services, that can bring true healing and peace to the families who have suffered from this terrible tragedy.
Read the full editorial from the LA Times here: Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shouldn't get death penalty
The NCADP has created the 90 Million Strong Campaign to unite the voices of those who believe the death penalty is wrong. We need to demonstrate that the broad public support to end this practice is already here in America, and 90 million people speaking up can make a difference.