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What People Have to Say About the Death Penalty

Judges
“After 20 years on (the) high court, I have to acknowledge that serious questions are being raised about whether the death penalty is being fairly administered in this country.” - Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
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Prosecutors
“I have inquired for most of my adult life about studies that might show that the death penalty is a deterrent. And I have not seen any research that would substantiate that point.” - Janet Reno, former U.S. Attorney General
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Law Enforcement
“I have seen the ugliness of murder up close and personal. But I have never heard a murderer say they thought about the death penalty as consequence of their actions prior to committing their crimes.” - Gregory Ruff, Police Lieutenant, Kansas
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No DP in Wisconsin — The Voices of Murder Victim Family Members

Marge Mattice (Kewaunee, WI)
Marge is an emergency room and flight nurse at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She is a member of the diocesan and the St. Norbert Abbey Peace and Justice Committees, a Norbertine lay associate and a volunteer in her parish. Her brother was murdered in Houston, Texas in 2000.

"I feel like I come from a pretty sound base when I address my pro-life concerns for the death penalty. I don't think it's an answer. It's not a solution in terms of my own brother. Nothing is going to bring him back. I would get absolutely no satisfaction from seeing another person murdered. That's not a tribute to my brother or any other victim of homicide."

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