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Bishops Urge Crist to Cancel Execution

Florida’s Catholic Bishops on Monday urged Gov. Charlie Crist to stay the execution of Richard Marek, scheduled to be put to death Wednesday for the 1983 rape and murder of Adella Marie Simmons.

“Executions do not make society safer nor act as a deterrent but add to the violence we experience daily in society, numbing us to the truth that every human being has worth,” the bishops wrote in a letter to Crist. “You have the ability to stop the intentional killing of the people on death row by commuting death sentences to life in prison without possibility of parole.”

The bishops urged Crist to commute Marek’s death sentence and instead sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Marek’s co-defendant Raymond Wigley was sentenced to life in prison.

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  1. “Executions do not make society safer..."

    WRONG!

    "...nor act as a deterrent....."

    WRONG again! Of course executions make society safer - the evil-doer is given the ultimate punishment for his crime.

    Execution is the only way to positively assure that the guy won't rape and/or murder again.

    As for deterrence; after the death sentence is carried out, it's a certainty that Mr. Marek will be forever deterred from committing violence.

    • To Larry: Where's the proof that execution deters violent crime? As a matter of fact, there isn't any. Life in prison without the possibility of parole is just as effective for deterring crime, and just as effective at preventing it outside the confines of prison. Sure, it's at tax payers expense, but I personally feel a whole lot better knowing my tax dollars are keeping society's negative element at bay than knowing I'm only keeping them at bay 20 years and the killing them. That just seems wrong. If they would have executed him 20 years ago, this might not be such an issue with me. But 20 years in prison is a long time, and I think well more than enough to change someone. Isn't the fact that they would stay there for life enough of a sentence after such a long wait to die?