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Release should be possible
11:47am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Letters
I WOULD like to respond to Brian Askew’s letter Guardian, October 16, concerning capital punishment.
As he admits, being 100 per cent certain that someone is guilty of first degree murder is the stumbling block, even if you agree with the principle.
Personally, I think the state executing someone whatever the crime, demeans the society from which the state comes and gains its authority.
What to do with people who commit hideous crimes and are found guilty by the criminal justice system is a real challenge. Deterrence to avoid a repetition is paramount and something we can all agree with.
How severe the punishment should be, both for the individual and to avoid similar incidents, has taxed society since its inception. Even murderers repent and alter their views over time so the possibility of release should remain a possibility though perhaps with strings attached.
Regarding a referendum on some issues our elected representatives should lead public opinion so though they should be aware of it, they should vote according to their conscience on this and similar issues.
Of course, that voting should be completely transparent and subject to public scrutiny, so that the electorate can take it into account when elections occur.
Dr Peter Hirst Rushton Drive Middlewich
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