Time to Get Rid of Death Penalty in PA?

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — With convicted murderer Richard Baumhammers seeking to overturn his 2001 death sentence on psychological grounds, NewsRadio 1020 KDKA’s Mike Pintek talks with John Burkoff, criminal law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, about whether the death penalty should be banned in Pennsylvania.

Burkoff outlines the state of the death penalty system, and highlights the lengthy appeals process that often accompanies capital punishment cases.

Pintek asks whether the state would benefit from simply doing away with the death penalty, since a death sentence almost never leads to execution in the state of Pennsylvania.

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  • bruce USA

    If we can’t have the “Death ” penalty in this state of ours could we at least out source these felons to another third world country??? Jobs pay a lot less there so I’m thinking housing our felons there would be a lot cheaper too!! I’m also thinking this would be a strong deterrent since the “death” penalty is being phased out.

    • Dan

      That would be great but the same liberals that say our borders should be open would say that this inhumane, me on the other hand thinks that violent criminals should be castrated, that will calm them down..

  • Cookie

    Apparently it is since this goof has been on death row for 10 years for killing 5 people.

  • Matthias

    The death penalty should be abolished. It is unfairly administered, does not prevent murders from occuring in the first place, and is not full-proof.

    Firstly, most murders are of the “crimss of passion” genre, and those who commit thom don’t care about consequences. There is no proof that the death penalty would prevent murders to occur at all.

    Second, it is unfairly administered. The poorer people have absolutely no chance, while a wealthy person who commits murder will most likely never face the death penalty.

    Lastly, it is not full-proof, and it is proven that many people have been put to death who were innocent. That reason alone should suffice to abolish this barbaric practice.

  • eye for an eye

    If your going to have a death penalty then follow thru with it.

  • Edward

    Ask a college professor what he thinks? No. Adopt the Texas model and carry out justice.

  • Mayor of GBD

    Kill ’em all, let God sort them out. If they are on Death Row beyond five years, carry out the sentence!

  • Mayor of GBD

    the death penalty works! once you execute a murderer, they’ll never do it again. Sort of like castrate a rapist, end his ability.

  • liz kelly

    Pennsyvania is weak toward our justice system as it is.Inmates have more rights than citizens.Abolishing the death penalty is just another step to show how weak Pennsylvania is.In this state criminals call the shots.So it’s no surprise

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