[OPINION] When the death penalty dies

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 12.13.07 PMBy Phil Riske | Managing Editor

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

I’m most likely in the minority — at least in Arizona — in my opposition to the death penalty. To get into the reasons would only rehash years of debate on the issue and would bore you to death (pun intended).

There’s no question the holdout juror against the death penalty snubbed her nose at the standards, rulings and expectations of our jury system. She threw her fellow jurors under the bus taking Arias back to jail.

That juror’s bias deafened her to the discussions and opinions of the other jurors.

She was nevertheless, siding with states that have done away with capital punishment and with individuals who join me in opposition to the death penalty.

All this said, animals such as Arias deserve to die, and when the sparing of Arias’ life by one vote came down Thursday, a corner of my brain was disappointed.

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