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Death penalty foes to march to N.C. coast

Posted June 14, 2009

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— The Sojourners for Abolition and Reconciliation started their annual march Sunday to protest the death penalty.

march Members of SOFAR to walk to N.C. coast

“I don't think that it's the state's place to take life,” death penalty opponent Mary Rider said.

Last year, the Christian-based group walked 300 miles from Raleigh to Washington, DC. This year, they are walking from Raleigh to the North Carolina coast and back.

“That will bring a kind of a ripple effect where people will hear our message who might not have heard it otherwise,” Rider said.

“We're not trying to impose our view on anybody, but we really do want to talk to people,” said Scott Bass, SOFAR walk organizer.

Wayne Uber, a Chapel Hill resident, has personal reasons for backing the death penalty. His twin brother, Jeffrey, was slain in Florida over some credit cards, and the killer received a life sentence.

“There are people out there who have strong feelings about this, but they haven't been here. They haven't seen what other victims go through. They just aren't qualified to comment on it,” Uber said.

The state is under a moratorium on executions because of problems with lethal injection as the execution method.

“The death penalty is not the solution that helps anybody, but only adds more violence to situations that are oftentimes senselessly violent and tragic already,” Bass said.

There are 167 inmates on death row in North Carolina, according to Death Penalty Information Center.

The SOFAR marchers will be back in Raleigh in about two weeks to rally in front of the General Assembly.

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  • SANDHILL Jun 15, 2009

    O well, you cannot stop the lemmings from marching to the sea either.

  • braddyg Jun 15, 2009

    GetRight, eyewitnesses are quite often wrong. In fact, in today's legal process they're actually considered one of the least reliable sources of testimony. Check out the Innocence Project (www.innocenceproject.org) and you'll see tons of cases where DNA evidence overturned flawed eyewitness testimony. If you want a real, airtight conviction, stick with the physical evidence.

  • braddyg Jun 15, 2009

    "You are attacking the validity of a "study" in and of itself. There are multiple studies across multiple states over the past few decades that bear out this point: It Cost More to Execute, period."

    You forgot to say "based on the studies I've cited, which were funded by groups who oppose the death penalty. I did a Google search too, and found just as many studies from pro-death penalty groups citing the costs to be lower for those who are sent to Death Row. The point is, you can claim it's fact all you want...but it doesn't make it so. Neither do one-sided studies, which is why I didn't post studies refuting your claims in the first place.

  • GetRight Jun 15, 2009

    Ok Mako II:

    How about situations where there where there were eyewitnesses?

  • ginaosbo Jun 15, 2009

    Ahh, the High School Debate team has arrived!

  • arfamr1005 Jun 15, 2009

    "its not the states place to take a life"

    so who's is it? the victim? the victims family? works for me...better than spending my tax $$$ on rapists and murderes to sit in jail watching cable on the plasma

  • MakoII Jun 15, 2009

    BooMylar,

    The "eye for an eye" is an old Jewish law idea, well attested to in the Old Testament.

    It also includes taking someones eyes out for peeping tom behavior and cutting hands off that "offend" which can mean a whole bunch of things, stealing being a main one.

    Crimes meant personal mutilation in a number of ways.

    Thankfully, sane and sensible judgment has prevailed over the years and exist today somewhat.

    Although the eye-for-an-eye, uniformed, and typically ignorant lay ARE the reason we spend so much money on a killer just in case they're innocent.

    We pay so much for those convicted of Capital Crimes to guard against ignorance, faulty perception, and inappropriately applied emotions.

    The answer is applied Science of Human Behavioral studies and Massive Public Education ON that subject.

    We learn too much Math and not enough of the right kind of sciences, namely those involving US, and our wrong thinking and mental limitations.

  • Professor Jun 15, 2009

    There is no such thing as "hard time" anymore.

    yes there is. If you have not ever been to a prison, then you would not know, would you. Cannot believe everything you hear. lol

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 15, 2009

    Thanks, MakoII for your thoughtful (and nice) responses. :-)

  • Professor Jun 15, 2009

    There is no such thing as "hard time" anymore.

    At least they will be in prison and not on the streets.

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