66 Pro Death Penalty Quotes by Republicans from the U.S.A II

Scott Brown released a statement and video this morning announcing his support for the death penalty, and criticizing Capuano and Coakley for their "ongoing debate over who’s more liberal."

"Unlike both of them, I support the death penalty. Anyone who reads the newspaper or watches the nightly news knows there are some crimes that are so horrific that they shock our conscience.  Deadly acts of terrorism, murders involving torture and the killing of law enforcement officials are among the types of crimes that deserve the ultimate punishment. I believe a well-crafted death penalty law that relies on advances in DNA evidence and other forensic science to conclusively prove a defendant’s guilt will deliver the justice that the public demands and innocent victims deserve.”

Scott Philip Brown (born September 12, 1959), an American politician, is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Republican Party. Before his election, he served as a member of the Massachusetts General Court, first in the State House of Representatives (1998–2004) and then in the State Senate (2004–2010).

Sen. Kirk Dillard, R- Hinsdale, said the people of his district believe in executions for mass murderers and killers of police, prison guards and children.

"I think there's still a place for the death penalty for the worst of the worst of our society," Dillard said.

"Those who murder law enforcement officials, prison guards or children or the mass murderers, to me need to have the death penalty in most, if not all cases."

"All life is precious, but when it comes to those heinous crimes that go to the heart of our society, I still believe, as the people who live in my 24th Senate District believe, that we still need a death penalty."


Would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty only if:

* The murder victim was a witness to a crime, or a judge, juror, prosecutor or defense attorney

* The murder victim was tortured

* The murder victim was a police officer

* The murder victim was a correctional officer

* The defendant murdered more than one person


Would create a State Death Penalty Review Committee. The committee would consist of the attorney general or his or her designee, the Cook County state’s attorney, the president of the State’s Attorney’s Association and another state’s attorney and a retired judge appointed by the governor. An alternate member would be appointed by the governor in case of ties. The committee would approve or disapprove of all requests by prosecutors to seek the death penalty in first-degree murder cases.

"The death penalty should remain intact for what I call 'the worst of the worst of crimes." 

Bring back the death penalty Restore capital punishment for monstrous crimes March 18, 2011 - Over the years, I, too, have shifted a great deal in my view of the Illinois death penalty. I have worked on this issue with painstaking sensitivity to the accused and, most important, the victims. I have advanced landmark changes to the state's death penalty law and sponsored legislation to improve the safeguards and administration of capital punishment, including laws requiring videotaping interrogations, making it easier for the Illinois Supreme Court to change death-penalty cases to life without parole and mandatory DNA testing. I served as a member of the Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee and know the pitfalls of capital punishment. I understand the system must be flawless and have worked to enact significant reforms with that goal in mind.

Bring back the death penalty Restore capital punishment for monstrous crimes March 18, 2011 - I believe the decision to abolish the death penalty does not reflect the view of the majority of Illinoisans, many of whom think that we should continue to pursue the death penalty for — at a minimum — the "worst of the worst."

Bring back the death penalty Restore capital punishment for monstrous crimes March 18, 2011 - I empathize and have deep sympathy for the families of victims of crimes and can see where some would want fuller closure, and ultimately why they would want an eye for an eye.

On Wednesday 13 April 2011, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, has renewed his call for the reinstatement of the death penalty following the stalking and killing of a woman in DuPage County. Dillard’s district includes Naperville. The senator pointed to a story that broke Thursday about a 20-year-old Canadian man who methodically stalked and tracked a Westmont woman before killing her Wednesday night in Oak Brook — even stopping to reload his gun and continue shooting during the attack - About two weeks ago, Smirnov decided to leave Canada, returning to the United States, Berlin said. According to Berlin, Smirnov had done research to determine if Illinois had the death penalty, and decided to go through with Vesel’s murder when he discovered it does not.

This point aggravated Dillard.

“The proves the fallacy of the idea that the death penalty is not a deterrent,” Dillard said.

On Wednesday 13 April 2011, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, has renewed his call for the reinstatement of the death penalty following the stalking and killing of a woman in DuPage County. Dillard’s district includes Naperville. The senator pointed to a story that broke Thursday about a 20-year-old Canadian man who methodically stalked and tracked a Westmont woman before killing her Wednesday night in Oak Brook — even stopping to reload his gun and continue shooting during the attack.

Kirk W. Dillard (born 1 June 1955) is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing the 24th District since 1994 and a former Chairman of the DuPage Republican Party. He is a resident of DuPage County and currently resides in Hinsdale, Illinois.

"If we don't have a death penalty now, how do we not treat these people separately?" said state Rep. Themis Klarides, R-Derby, who voted for Kissel's amendment and against the repeal legislation. "The people of the state expect something different for them." [Wednesday 21 March 2012]

Themis Klarides is a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 114th District since 1999. She has been Deputy Minority Leader since 2003. Klarides is an Attorney and Partner with Shawn K. Splan. She has been a National Fitness competitor and professional fitness model. She is a member of the Birmingham Water Company Board of Directors, Corporator with the Birmingham Group and Griffin Health Services, on the Executive Board/Fundraising Committee of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and a member of the Fairfield County Safe Kids Advisory Board, Greater Valley Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.

Durkin participated in shaping death penalty reform measures in the 1990s and early 2000s.

"People who say the system is broken and can't be fixed are just wrong," he said. "We have made significant progress."

The death penalty should stand if it brings closure to the families who have lost loved ones to heinous, violent crimes, Durkin believes.

The evidence against the 15 men on death row in Illinois is substantial, Durkin said. They've been given fair trials and the due process they're entitled to, he said.

"I trust the governor will make a responsible decision," Durkin said. "I think an amendatory veto is in order -- or a referendum that would place the issue on the ballot for consideration by voters across Illinois."

Jim Durkin (born 28 January 1961 in Westchester, Illinois) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 82nd District since 2006 when he was sworn in to replace Eileen Lyons after she retired mid-term. He was elected on November 8, 2006, defeating Democrat Kim Savage. Durkin previously represented the 44th District from 1995 to 2002.

Thursday 5 April 2012 - Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, voted against the bill after speaking with a member of law enforcement who told her that the death penalty works as a deterrent, she said in a statement. She said he specifically said it keeps organized crime from committing premeditated murder and helps law enforcement learn more about serial killers who will offer more information to not face the death penalty, the statement said.

“If it deters just one person from putting a gun in their face and pulling the trigger, I can live with the vote that I am about to make,” Boucher said in her statement. Her district covers Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Toni Boucher is a Republican politician currently representing the 26th senatorial district in the Connecticut State Senate. Boucher was elected to represent the 26th Senatorial District in 2008, after having served as the State Representative from the 143rd Assembly District for 12 years. The 26th Senatorial District includes the communities of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Can a price on be put on justice? Like countless other Californians, I support the death penalty because it is the strongest statement that we as a society can make against the cold-blooded killers of innocent human beings. The death penalty deters crime and ensures that those who have murdered can never murder again. [Death Penalty Needs Streamlining, Not Repeal May 4, 2012 By Curt Hagman]

It is true that California has spent a lot of money on only 13 executions since 1978. It is also true that there are more than 700 inmates on death row still awaiting justice. The best way to reduce costs is to remove unnecessary delays that have created unnecessary costs. If other states can spend less implementing the death penalty, California can do the same. [Death Penalty Needs Streamlining, Not Repeal May 4, 2012 By Curt Hagman]

If death penalty skeptics are truly concerned about costs, they should work with us to lower them, but that is not their real goal. The death penalty exists because of the horrific crimes committed against the citizens of California. And the high cost of implementing the law is driven by the very people that are against the law. [Death Penalty Needs Streamlining, Not Repeal May 4, 2012 By Curt Hagman]

Curt Hagman (born January 2, 1965) is a Republican assemblyman from California's 60th State Assembly District

Wednesday 11 April 2012 - State Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-143, was also troubled by the prospective nature of the repeal, stating that a crime similar to the Cheshire triple murder could be committed after the bill goes into effect and the suspects would not face the same penalty as Hayes and Komisarjevsky.

"We can't say, 'If you commit the Cheshire home invasion, you get the death penalty but if you commit the same crime three years from now, you don't get it."

Lavielle said she could get behind a straight-forward debate of the abolishment of the death penalty, but the prospective compromise "smacks of politics." She said she also believes the proposed punishment that would go into effect in place of the death penalty is problematic, as it gives the Commissioner of Corrections the authority to release a death row inmate into general population, posing a threat to other inmates as well as the condemned inmate.

Gail Levielle is a Republican politician who currently represents the 143rd Assembly District in the Connecticut House of Representatives. The 143rd District includes parts of Wilton and Norwalk, USA. Representative Lavielle serves on the Connecticut General Assembly's Appropriations, Education, and Transportation committees. Lavielle was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives on November 2, 2010, defeating the incumbent Democrat and winning the election in both the Wilton and Norwalk parts of the 143rd District.

Wednesday 5 January 2011 - Sen. Rob Kane, R-Watertown, whose 32nd District covers Oxford, is also a major supporter of the death penalty. Last month, he put out a news release stating that he will fight to preserve the death penalty in Connecticut. He states:

"It is quite possible that the General Assembly will take up the issue again as Governor-elect Dannel Malloy has expressed his opposition to the death penalty. If the Governor-elect's position leads to a new proposal to abolish Connecticut's death penalty, I will look forward to participating in a spirited debate on the floor of the State Senate. But, in the end, I will vote against abolishing the death penalty and I fervently hope that any attempt to pass such a law will fail."

Robert Kane is a Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 32 since 2009. Kane earned his BA from Central Connecticut State University. He is currently attending the University of New Haven for his MBA. Kane is the Founder/President of KarTele Cellular Phones. Kane served as a member and Chair of the Watertown Town Council.

“Some crimes are so heinous in nature that society cries out for it.”

Brent Steele is an Indiana Senate Republican and the chairman of the Senate Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters Committee

Wednesday 9 May 2012 - State Rep. Don Armes called on lawmakers to find a way to allow the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to continue to execute Death Row inmates in light of a shortage in the drug used for executions, according to a media release.

“There are 64 criminals on Death Row, including child killers, but only one dose of the drug we use for executions,” said Armes, R-Faxon. “With an effective moratorium on getting new drugs because of FDA-approval issues and liberal anti-death penalty groups, we must look at what we can do to continue to execute Death Row inmates. The people of Oklahoma would be extremely disappointed in their Republican-led Legislature and executive branch, if we let the death penalty effectively fall away.”

Armes said only the worst of the worst make it to Death Row.

“Once a criminal makes it to Death Row, they are beyond rehabilitation and their execution deters other would-be killers and brings justice to the victims and families of the victims. One current Death Row inmate was convicted after he chased a little 5-year-old girl through the woods to kill her. These particular inmates do not warrant our sympathy,” he said.

Armes said there are legal alternatives to lethal injection.

“We may have ran out of the drug currently required under law, but I think we still have options though we have to take action to make them feasible. We need to get this done as quickly as possible to ensure we do not delay executions unnecessarily,” Armes said. “Oklahomans believe in the execution of brutal and cold-blooded killers. They expect us to carry out their will.”

Don Armes (born July 31, 1961) is a United States Republican politician from U.S. state of Oklahoma. Armes currently serves in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as the District 63 State Representative. He was first elected to the seat in 2002. Due to term limits placed on him by the Oklahoma Constitution, his final term will end in January 2014.

Wednesday 16 January 2013 - Jacobs said cases like the Sandy Hook shooting would be a good case for why the death penalty should stick around, and Smigiel agrees.

Smigiel said if the death penalty is in effect, that shooter's sentencing will either be life without parole or death, and if the death penalty is not in effect, than that shooter's sentencing will either be life without parole or life with parole.

"Do you want that person back on the streets? If you really want to keep these people off the street, that can only be done by leaving the death penalty as the ultimate penalty that they face," Smigiel said.

But for Smigiel, there's more to the issue than just the criminal facing possible death.

"The reason we have a death penalty, part of it, is the public has faith that justice will be imposed. If you stop imposing justice, then those who believe in the Old Testament (eye for an eye) ... will seek to get justice on their own," he said.

Michael Smigiel, Sr. (born June 18, 1958) is a Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates. He has represented District 36 since January 8, 2003 and currently serves as Minority Parliamentarian. Smigiel is an attorney, and from 1989-2006 he had his own law offices. Prior to that he worked as a Mental Health Technician and served in the United States Marine Corps. Smigiel is Chair of the Cecil County Delegation, Vice-Chair of the Eastern Shore Delegation, and a member of the Maryland Veterans Caucus, Bainbridge Development Advisory Board, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Maryland Rural Caucus, Taxpayers Protection Caucus, and the Attorney Grievance Commission/Peer Review.

Sen. Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, said she isn't conflicted in her Catholic faith and support of the death penalty. She noted that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who is Catholic, helped to uphold the state's death penalty law in 2006. "I believe that life is precious at all stages, and in our criminal system if you have someone who has taken the life of another there should be a very unique penalty for that," she said when debating the death penalty in Kansas on 18 February 2010.

Susan Wagle is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing the 30th District since 2001. From 1991 to 2001, she was a Kansas Representative and the Speaker Pro Tempore from 1994 to 1998.

"Obviously no one knew the name James Eagen Holmes at the time [in 2009], but this is exactly the kind of barbaric scenario that we discussed," former Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry told the Colorado Observer. "For truly heinous crimes like these, the death penalty isn't only a good option, it is what justice requires." [Friday 27 July 2012] 

Josh Penry (born 1976) is the former minority leader of the Colorado Senate. Elected in 2006, Penry was the youngest member of the Colorado state Senate. According to The Denver Post, Penry played a leadership role in opposing regulation for the oil and gas industry and a labor bill. Penry has been identified by several newspapers as a "rising star" in Colorado politics. Prior to serving in the state Senate, Penry served in the state House of Representatives for one term.

"There's types of crime that rise to that level of punishment, whether it's the killing of a Lakewood police officer, a mass shooting in Arizona, certain crimes against children, when just spending the rest of a life in jail is not right when the person deserves the death penalty."

"I mentioned to everyone that it's a terrible loss for policemen who protect us and it's terrible that a Lakewood resident allegedly did it, a double-crime for our town. This is a 19-year-old kid who's been charged. It's frightening. We have to do more to make sure the young people get the message that violence is wrong."

“The cop-killer is going like a rock star to prison because he killed a police officer. He should be put to death.”


“I do not support the death penalty out of a need for revenge or due to malice in my heart. Neither do the many individuals I have met who have suffered from heinous crimes,” Singer said in a statement. “I support the death penalty because, sometimes, it is the only way to achieve justice for the victims and families affected by horrible crimes.”

“I am well aware that the death penalty will not bring back a slain police officer, a murdered child or a victim of terrorism,” Singer said in a statement. “For certain crimes, however, life in prison is not justice.”

"Across the country, since the first of the year, 10 police officers have been murdered. I think we have to send a strong signal in New Jersey that we don't tolerate it here and that there is the ultimate price you will pay for doing so," said Singer Wednesday. "And this is not just to murderers as such; it's also to gang members to say, 'Look, if you're going to attack our police officers, we're coming back at you.' "

Thursday 23 February 2012 - TRENTON – State Sen, Robert Singer (R-Monmouth and Ocean) said a plea deal reached in a case of senseless killings of innocent bystanders in Elizabeth is an egregious example of why the death penalty should be reinstated in New Jersey.

“A shooter in a double murder of a 13-year-old boy and a 54-year-old construction worker can walk free at age 42,” Singer said. “Where’s the justice in that?”

Bryant “Smoke” Lee, 23, pleaded guilty this week to reduced charges for his role in the 2007 shooting deaths of eighth-grader Elijah Henderson and laborer Celso Pedra, according to authorities. Lee is to be sentenced to 23 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

Singer sponsors S-175, which aims to allow judges and juries to impose the death penalty on convicted murderers of people younger than 18 years old, on-duty law enforcement personnel, or people during a terrorist attack. Under New Jersey’s former death penalty, repealed in 2007, a jury or court could weigh as part of their death-penalty decision whether a killed victim was under the age of 14 years old. Thirty-four states in this country have the death penalty.

“We need to allow justice to provide closure to families suffering the tragedy of losing innocent loved ones and raise the stakes for killers,” Singer concluded. “By committing such horrific crimes, I believe murderers forfeit their rights to a plea bargain.”

Robert W. Singer (born October 29, 1947) is an American Republican Party politician, who has been serving in the New Jersey State Senate since 1993, where he represents the 30th Legislative District. He was the Mayor of Lakewood Township, New Jersey in 2009. He is the fourth-most senior senator behind Ronald Rice, Gerald Cardinale, and Richard Codey.

On Tuesday 7 March 2011:

State Rep. David Kiner (D-59) is also opposed to the death penalty. When recently asked about this issue, Kiner said: "I am opposed to the death penalty for these three simple reasons:

1.) There is always the possibility, as recent cases suggest, that innocent people may be executed. DNA evidence has shown this to be true. Until people are found guilty beyond all doubt and not just a reasonable doubt I will continue to oppose the death penalty.

2.) The death penalty is not a deterrent! If it were, states like Florida, Virginia and Texas would have a much lower crime rate than what they do.

3.) After all appeals have been exhausted, it ultimately ends up costing the state of Connecticut more money, than to incarcerate the guilty with absolutely no chance of parole."

Sen. Kissel opposed the bill and spoke at length on the floor of the Senate, citing a number of reasons for his opposition. “When it comes to my Correction Officers,” said Sen. Kissel, “if you’re in prison for life without the possibility of release, there is no deterrent to keep and inmate from killing a correction officer or some other prison employee. If we abolish the death penalty there is no big stick left to keep law and order in our correctional facilities.” Kissel also offered an amendment that would carve out an exemption to the underlying bill for the murder of an employee of the Department of Correction by an inmate. The amendment was defeated 20-15.

Kissel also noted that while he opposes abolishing the death penalty, he believes it should be used only in rare cases. “I support the continuation of reserving the death penalty for only the most heinous crimes,” said Kissel. “I fully support the notion that capital punishment should be legal, but rare. New England has an incredible history of tolerance. We believe in justice, equality and that people should treat each other with respect and dignity. We are unafraid to take the high minded view to lead the nation in how we treat one another and in that vein, while I espouse the belief we need to have a death penalty, we need to keep it rare.

Other arguments in favor of the death penalty are ones that we have heard before.

        1. Capital punishment removes the worst of the worst criminals from society forever. There will never be escapes or parole and society will forever be protected.

        2. The cost to keep a murderer incarcerated is huge. The money is better spent on helping society rather than spending dollars keeping a sociopath in prison.

        3. Execution is retribution for the commission of the worst of crimes.

        4. The death penalty is a deterrent and indeed does prevent others from committing murder. 

Tuesday 14 February 2012 - St. Sen. John Kissel, however, is among those fighting to keep the law on the books.

It’s net worth, he says, goes beyond putting a criminal to death.

“It has been used many many times to get plea bargains for lesser charges and so I do believe that this has a valuable place in our criminal justice system,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “I can’t stress any more that there is just a tremendous amount of cases that are resolved by having the death penalty on the books and if anybody has any question as to how important it is, look at how rigorously defense counsel fight cases where there’s the possibility of death penalty as punishment.”

Wednesday 14 March 2012 - Sen. John Kissel, a Republican from Enfield, whose district includes several prisons, asked what would happen to those who commit capital felony crimes in the future if capital punishment were replaced with life in prison without the possibility of parole. He said he wants to make sure such prisoners remain segregated from the general prison population and given no perks if the death penalty is repealed.

"At the base, I don't think it's fair,'' Kissel said, ”The fact that these individuals in a few years could be at the lunch line serving the other inmates, getting all the other rights and responsibilities ... I can't look at people who lost loved ones ... and say that's any kind of justice."

In addition to sparing our death row murderers, eliminating the death penalty will have other implications. Once the threat of capital punishment is removed, no one will plead guilty to a murder that involves a sentence of life without parole. The use of the death penalty as an investigative and plea bargaining tool will be gone. [Opinion: An emotionally draining week at the state capitol Friday, April 13, 2012]

If the worst penalty remaining on our books is life in prison without release, what assurances can be offered to correction officers, witnesses, or the public at large that an incarcerated killer will not kill again? To a person facing life without release, no additional penalty could be brought against him if he kills again or orders a murder for hire from his cell. Absent the death penalty, there is nothing more that can be taken away. [Opinion: An emotionally draining week at the state capitol Friday, April 13, 2012]

John Kissel has been a Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate since 1993, representing District 7. He is former Deputy Minority Leader and current Chief Deputy Minority Leader. Kissel earned his BS from the University of Connecticut School of Education in 1981. He went on to receive his JD from Western New England College School of Law in 1984. He then earned his BA in Liberal Arts and Science and History from the University of Connecticut in 2002. Kissel has worked as an attorney for Fallon, Barbieri and Gilcreast, Practicing Consultants. He is also a former Adjunct Professor at Bay Path College. He is currently a Corporate Attorney for Northeast Utilities. Kissel and his wife, Cynthia, have two children.

"If someone takes an innocent life, the person no longer deserves their own," Greazzo said. "I'd argue if the death penalty in the state of New Hampshire isn't available to each and every murder, it should not be available to any."

Thursday 20 October 2011 - Rep. Phil Greazzo, R-Manchester, sponsored HB 162, and said his bill is a matter of fairness. He said the state Constitution says all people “should be protected equally under the law.” Selecting the murder of certain people for punishment by death violates that principal, he said.

“This law needs to apply to everyone or to no one,” Greazzo said.

Greazzo answered that he did not file the bill as a deterrent. “It's a matter of equality,” he said. He pointed out that the bill does not require the seek death penalty in any case, but it gives prosecutors the option in every case of murder.

Saturday 26 November 2011 - Manchester Republican Rep. Phil Greazzo believes if one murderer can face the death penalty in New Hampshire, all should be eligible for that punishment.

If it’s not an option for everyone, he reasons, why have it? So he has proposed legislation to expand the state’s death penalty law to include any intentional murder.

“If it’s going to be too expensive to prosecute and execute every murderer, it shouldn’t apply to anyone,’’ Greazzo said. “Everyone should be treated equally under the law, even murderers.’’

"If I hire someone to commit a murder for me, that would bring the death penalty," he said. "If I did it myself, there's no death penalty. So the law is a little bit askew in fairness."

Under current state law, crimes eligible for the death penalty include the murder of law enforcement or judicial officers on the job, murders involving certain drug crimes, murder-for-hire, murder during life imprisonment and murder during a rape, kidnapping or burglary. The final category was added last year in response to the murder during a home invasion of Mont Vernon resident Kimberly Cates.

Greazzo said the distinctions created by the law are inconsistent with the constitutional requirement that laws apply to all citizens. If he had his choice, the capital murder statute would apply to all intentional murders.

"I think in the interest of equality and justice, anybody who commits a murder should forfeit their life," Greazzo said. "They don't deserve to live."

He said it should not matter if the person killed is a police officer or an average person.

"It doesn't seem right if someone killed my daughter," he said. "I would want them to face the death penalty. I wouldn't want the state to choose who is special and who is not."

Phil J. Greazzo is a Republican politician of Hillsborough 17 in New Hampshire.

On Monday 7 March 2011, Dozens of local law enforcement officials came together Friday, two weeks since the death of Poughkeepsie Detective John Falcone, in support of state Sen. Greg Ball’s cop-killer bill.

The legislation would reinstate the death penalty in New York for individuals convicted of murdering a police, peace or corrections officer. According to Ball’s press release, a 2004 New York Court of Appeals ruling prevents prosecutors from seeking capital punishment in cases of an officer’s death on the job. 

One New York Times story stated that the decision “effectively invalidated the state’s death penalty law.” Since that ruling, Ball’s press release states, eight police officers in New York have been intentionally murdered.

Ball stressed the importance of the state backing law enforcement officials. He said it is important for family members to have the comfort of knowing that the “full weight of New York State law and legislative body, and yes the death penalty, stands solidly behind that individual.”

“Everybody from the left to the right and everywhere in between should be able to agree upon that,” Ball said. 

During the conference Ball spoke of Falcone, who was a member of his extended family through marriage. The state senator acknowledged that the bill would not have changed the situation because Falcone’s killer committed suicide. 

“If it saves one life as an act of deterrence, and there’s no doubt that it will as it has in other states, we will have done our job, not only as a legislature but as a community," he said.

Gregory R. Ball (born September 16, 1977) is an American business executive, former active duty Air Force officer and member of the New York State Senate. He is a resident of Carmel, New York. Beginning his political career in 2005, he defeated six-term incumbent Willis Stephens in a primary in September 2006, running on a platform of reforming the legislature in Albany. Since being elected, Ball has been active in issues involving school and property tax reform, second amendment rights, animal protection, the environment, renewable energy and conservation, veteran's affairs, and illegal immigration, and was the author of the measure enacted in the 2008 New York State budget offering free college tuition to military veterans. In the State Senate, he serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Veterans and Homeland Security.

"We all consider our homes to be a sanctuary," said House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, a Salem Republican. "The idea that someone could beak into someone else's home then commit murder in such an extraordinary and evil manner is a breach of our values. It deserves the harshest punishment available."

D.J. Bettencourt (born 6 January 1984) is a Republican politician of Rockingham County District 4 in New Hampshire.

The Illinois State's Attorney's Association's stance backed up Rep. Dave Winters' long-time belief the death penalty is appropriate in the worst of the worst cases.

"These are the professionals. They are faced with the decision on whether to try a murderer," Winters says. "And most murderers are not tried for a death penalty."

Dave Winters (R-Winnebago) is the Illinois State Representative for the 68th district.

On Friday 20 January 2012, Piers Morgan sat down with GOP candidate Rick Santorum and his family for an in-depth interview in South Carolina. Santorum expressed his view on family, marriage and his hard line take on issues such as the death penalty. "When there is certainty, that's the case that capital punishment can be used," Santorum said. "If there is no certainty, under the law, it shouldn't be used."

Rick Santorum A.K.A Richard John "Rick" Santorum (born May 10, 1958) is a U.S Republican Party. Santorum initially worked as a lawyer before becoming the Representative for suburban Pittsburgh in 1991 and Senator for Pennsylvania from 1995, before losing his seat in 2006 leading to his return to law, public policy and the media. He is presently a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential primaries. Santorum holds socially conservative positions, including opposition to same-sex marriage, with a mixed record on fiscal issues. He used earmarks and supported big government programs while in Congress, and held a leading role in enacting welfare reform and voted for tax cuts, a balanced budget amendment, and some cuts in entitlement spending. As a presidential candidate, Santorum has supported fiscal restraint and a ban on earmarks, and expresses hawk-like views on foreign policy, including Iran-United States relations. He formally announced his candidacy for U.S. president in June 2011. After running in the bottom tier of candidates for months, he narrowly won the January 2012 Iowa caucuses, winning the endorsement of a group of prominent evangelical Christian leaders.

State Rep Mike Alberts, R-Woodstock, said the issue is more emotional than one that falls along party lines. He is against repealing the law.

“I understand the argument. I think every life is sacred,” Alberts said. “But I still argue there is a place for (the death penalty).”

“Presently the implementation of the death penalty in Connecticut is very restrictive,” Alberts said. “The process affords numerous reviews and efforts to ensure rights of the convicted felon are upheld to the highest degree. No expense is spared.”

Mike Alberts is a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 50th District since 2005. Alberts is Senior Vice President/Senior Commercial Loan Officer with Putnam Savings Bank, and Vice President of the Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company.