Editorial: Death penalty risky, too expensive – Great Falls Tribune, February 5, 2013

A coalition of Democrats and Republicans raised the issue of the death penalty again in the Montana Legislature.

These activists contend there are a variety of reasons to oppose the death penalty, including the high cost of litigating death penalty cases and the extended period, sometimes decades, it takes for those cases to be settled.

Morality is another reason. Some consider the death penalty immoral or hypocritical because it calls for the state to kill someone, usually after the person who was convicted committed murder himself.

Others, who consider themselves pro-life when it comes to abortion, have acknowledged a contradiction when they also supported a death penalty for killers.

Back in September, we stated our opposition to the death penalty and we will restate it here as the Legislature considers whether to tackle this issue again.

Read the full editorial here.