Saturday, April 5, 2008

Would-be prosecutors on death penalty

By George Bennett Thursday, April 3, 2008, 05:47 PM

The three candidates running for Palm Beach County state attorney were asked by an audience member at a nonpartisan Voters Coalition forum today to state their positions on capital punishment.

Find out what Democrats Paula Russsell and Michael McAuliffe and Republican Joseph Tringali said after the jump….

Russsell: “I personally do not favor capital punishment — personally.” But, she continued, it’s the law and she would pursue it in cases where a “thoughtful analysis” deemed it appropriate.

McAuliffe: Supports it “in limited circumstances for the most heinous of crimes….thoughtfully applied.”

Tringali: “Two-word answer: For it.” But, he said, capital punishment is “probably not an effective penalty because it costs too much” with multiple appeals. He said the death penalty is necessary because too often there is no “ironclad guarantee” that a person sentenced to life in prison will actually serve the entire term.

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