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St. Louis County Libertarians pass death penalty moratorium resolution

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At its monthly meeting last night, the St. Louis County (Missouri) Libertarian Central Committee resolved as follows in support of the Moratorium Now! Campaign:

Resolution for Moratorium on Executions while the Death Penalty is Studied

Whether our group supports capital punishment or not, we recognize that the death penalty system is fallible and that mistakes can happen.

Therefore, we support a moratorium on executions while a study commission examines the death penalty to insure that:

1. Innocent people are not being wrongly convicted and sentenced to death;

2. Race, poverty, gender and victim profiles are not more important to the prosecutor’s decision to seek death than the details of the crime;

3. Defendants in Missouri who receive a death sentence are receiving competent legal representation;

4. Death sentences are applied in a fair, consistent and just manner as the execution of a human being is an irreversible punishment;

5. Death sentences are not applied in a racist manner.

Be it resolved that the St. Louis County Libertarian Central Committee calls on the Governor of Misssouri and our Senators and Representatives in the General Assembly to take the necessary steps to impose a moratorium on executions and establish a study commmission to examine the current death penalty system. Based on the findings of the commission we endorse rules, policies and procedures which:

Eliminate the risks that innocent persons may be executed.

Ensure that death penalty cases are administered fairly and impartially in accordance with basic constitutional guarantees, such as the right to due process of law.

Guarantee competent legal representation to every capital defendant.

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  1. Dudley Sharp Dudley Sharp February 13, 2010

    Evidently the libertarians are unaware that each indivudal inmate has their own individual moratorium, called the appeals process, whereby the inmates have 20 or so years to bring all of those issues up and have them reviewed, in great detail.

    For example:

    Innocence & Deterrence in the Death Penalty Debate
    Dudley Sharp, contact info below


    The false innocence claims by anti death penalty activists are legendary. Some examples:

    “Cameron Todd Willingham: Another Media Meltdown”, A Collection of Articles

    “The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents”–death-penalty-opponents–draft.aspx

    The 130 (now 139) death row “innocents” scam

    “The Exonerated: Are Any Actually Innocent?”—new-mexico.aspx

    Sister Helen Prejean & the death penalty: A Critical Review”–the-death-penalty-a-critical-review.aspx

    “At the Death House Door” Can Rev. Carroll Pickett be trusted?”

    “The Death Penalty: More Protection for Innocents”

    “A Death Penalty Red Herring: The Inanity and Hypocrisy of Perfection”, Lester Jackson Ph.D.,


    Anti death penalty folks would have us believe that the death penalty is not a deterrent. Yet, all prospects of a negative outcome deter some. It is a truism. The death penalty, the most severe of criminal sanctions, is the least likely of all criminal sanctions to violate that truism.

    23 (4 more on the way) recent studies finding for deterrence, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation,

    “Deterrence and the Death Penalty: A Reply to Radelet and Lacock”

    “Death Penalty, Deterrence & Murder Rates: Let’s be clear”

    “The Death Penalty: More Protection for Innocents”

    Sincerely, Dudley Sharp
    e-mail, 713-622-5491,
    Houston, Texas

    Mr. Sharp has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, NBC, NPR, PBS , VOA and many other TV and radio networks, on such programs as Nightline, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The O’Reilly Factor, etc., has been quoted in newspapers throughout the world and is a published author.

    A former opponent of capital punishment, he has written and granted interviews about, testified on and debated the subject of the death penalty, extensively and internationally.

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