46 Pro Death Penalty Quotes by Attorney Generals from the U.S.A

“To me, capital punishment is a form of societal self-defense. It should not be employed indiscriminately, but in cases of the most heinous crimes, the death penalty may be the only appropriate punishment. Some people believe it is right to take a life to save the life of someone else, but they would not vote to take the life of a convicted criminal, no matter how horrible the crime. Others believe that killing another person for any reason is simply wrong. I respect those opinions, but I disagree with them. I'm convinced that government has a duty to promote community defense. The death penalty, when applied in appropriate cases, can be a strong deterrent to crime. It is certainly a deterrent to the convicted criminal sentenced to death, and it is also a deterrent to other potential capital offenders.”

John David Ashcroft about a terrorist for his role in the September 11th attacks: "We remain committed not only to carrying out justice in this case but also to ensuring that the rights of the victims are fully protected ... The United States of America is a sovereign nation whose representatives in the United States Congress have chosen to mark the seriousness of certain crimes indelibly by indicating that .. those crimes should be death- eligible in certain circumstances ... We understand that when the United States Congress speaks, they speak the voice of the people of this country, and it's clear that America is so concerned about the safety and security of its citizens that certain crimes against the people of this country have been designated as death-eligible by the Congress of the United States, signed into law by presidents."

John David Ashcroft (born May 9, 1942) is a United States politician who was the 79th United States attorney general. He served during the first term of President George W. Bush from 2001 until 2005. Ashcroft was previously the 50th Governor of Missouri (1985–1993) and a US senator from Missouri (1995–2001).

“Our system of criminal law is to minimize human suffering by works or order primarily to forestall violence or aggression. In the question of the death penalty, we must ask ourselves which action will serve the true humanitarian purpose of criminal law.  We should weigh the death of the convicted murders against the loss of life of his victims and the possibility of potential victims to murder.”

Theodore Lorraine Sendak , former Indiana Attorney General, died of heart failure on Friday January 22, 1999.  He was 80.He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 16, 1918, graduating as valedictorian from East Chicago (Indiana) Roosevelt High School in 1936.  He then went on to graduate cum laude from Harvard University in 1940, with a degree in government, economics and history.  He performed his post-graduate work at DePaul University, the University of Chicago and the University of Southern Mississippi. Following completion of his graduate work he was the Chief Editorial writer for 'The Hammond (Indiana) Times' until he was drafted by the U.S. Army in April of 1941. His World War II duties included active service in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations in New Guinea, Leyte and the Southern Philipines with Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations units. During his military career he served on General Douglas MacArthur's Far Eastern Planning Board, participating in the plans for the post-war occupation and government of Japan.  He attended the Far Eastern Civil Affairs Training School, the Adjutant General's School, the Special Warfare School, the Command and General State College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Defense Information School, the Judge Advocate General's School, the Provost Marshal's School and the National War College. His military decorations include the Asian-Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Battle Stars, the American Defense Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Star, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, the Indiana National Guard Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service and the Army Reserve Ribbon with Clasp. After the war, he was appointed Public Relation Director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  Following an unsuccessful run in 1948 as the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Indiana's First Congressional District, he became the General Manager for the Gary Electric Company. He received his law degree from Valparaiso University in 1958 and practiced law in Crown Point until 1969.Mr. Sendak was first elected attorney general on Nov. 5, 1968.  He was re-elected in 1972 with the largest plurality of any state candidate that year, and again in 1976. He was a member of the American, Indiana, Seventh Circuit and Crown Point-Lowell bar associations.  He served as chairman of the Midwest Conference of the National Association of Attorneys General, and as a member of its national committee.  From 1975-1976 he served as the national associations vice-president, and on June 5, 1976 he became the associations president. Mr. Sendak led the fight against the revamping of the state's criminal code, saying the changes would do little more than make defense attorneys rich.  He was a strong advocate of capital punishment and filed briefs to help get the penalty reinstated. He was the 1973 and '77 recipient of the Freedoms Foundation Medal and authored two books, 'Olive But Not Drab,' and 'A Pilgrimage Through the Briar Patch.' Also, he was on the board of directors of the Salvation Army (central Indiana district). Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or Meridian Street United Methodist Church , of which he was a member.  

Are some crimes so vile and so heinous that execution is the only appropriate penalty to be imposed on the perpetrator? That should be the central issue in the debate about the death penalty. [Posted 29 October 2002 6:44 PM Some crimes call for death By Jerry Kilgore for USA TODAY]


Unfortunately, the opponents of capital punishment do not address this question, but instead cast doubts on its application. But attacks on the process are not arguments that address the merits of whether the death penalty is a legitimate form of punishment. [Posted 29 October 2002 6:44 PM Some crimes call for death By Jerry Kilgore for USA TODAY]

As a former prosecutor, former secretary of public safety and now attorney general, I believe that some crimes are so evil, some criminals so dangerous and some victims so tortured that executing the criminal is appropriate. [Posted 29 October 2002 6:44 PM Some crimes call for death By Jerry Kilgore for USA TODAY]

The coldblooded killing and wounding of more than a dozen people in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Alabama and Washington state is an example that there are some people who have no regard for human life. The wife who has lost her husband, the children who have lost their father, the person who survived but will have a long recovery — all of these are victims whom death-penalty opponents seem to forget about. Justice requires that those who do such evil acts be punished. As a civilized society, we must stand up for those whose lives were cut short, whose children and spouses were left behind and whose lives have been decimated. [Posted 29 October 2002 6:44 PM Some crimes call for death By Jerry Kilgore for USA TODAY

But capital punishment is not just about retribution; it can be a deterrent. And to those who say that life without parole is enough, we have seen the inmates who attack and kill other inmates, inmates who attack prison guards, and inmates who escape and continue their rampages of killing. These purveyors of terror have lost their right to live. [Posted 29 October 2002 6:44 PM Some crimes call for death By Jerry Kilgore for USA TODAY

Opponents of the death penalty need to be honest about their arguments. If they oppose the death penalty, they should do so head-on, not by casting doubts on its application. Supporters of the death penalty agree that only the guilty should be executed. In Virginia, the people have engaged in this debate and firmly support the death penalty as an appropriate punishment for the most evil of crimes. [Posted 29 October 2002 6:44 PM Some crimes call for death By Jerry Kilgore for USA TODAY]

Jerry Walter Kilgore (born August 23, 1961), a Republican, is a former Attorney General of Virginia. In the 2005 race for Governor of Virginia, Jerry Kilgore was defeated by then Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine, a Democrat. Currently, he is a partner and chair of law firm Williams Mullen's Multistate Corporate Compliance & Public Policy Group (a law firm based in Richmond, Virginia).

"In Alabama this would be a capital case, and if we don't get justice in Australia we're going to pursue the death penalty here," Mr King told US television recently. He said the case had sullied Australia's image.

"It sends all the wrong signals," Mr King said. "It sends the signal that you can kill and walk away and not face the kind of justice that you ought to pay for those kinds of acts."

“I believe that the death penalty is the ultimate deterrent to violent crime…period.”

 “I stood up to the liberal elite when they came to our state (Alabama) and tried to eliminate the death penalty, we won, they lost.”

 “I’m using the death penalty to keep Alabama family safe from the most violent criminals, why? It’s because it works. Recent studies have said that every time an execution is carried out in the United States, up to 75 murders are prevented the next year.”

Troy Robin King (born August 22, 1968) is the former attorney general of the state of Alabama, United States. He previously served as an Assistant Attorney General and a Legal Advisor to both Republican Governors Bob Riley and Fob James. King was appointed by Governor Bob Riley in 2004, when William Pryor resigned to accept a federal judgeship. He then defeated Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson, Jr. in the 2006 election by a 54-46% margin.

3 June 2011 - "Every so often death row inmates they are going to come up with new issues, such as this bump on the head issue," said Hood. "I anticipate their being more excuses. Justice will be carried out for those people who have had family members killed."


James Matthew "Jim" Hood (born May 15, 1962) is the Attorney General of the U.S. state of Mississippi. A Democrat, he was elected in 2003, having defeated the Republican nominee Scott Newton. A former District Attorney, Hood succeeded Mike Moore.

Wednesday 25 January 2012 - Attorney General Jack Conway said he appreciates lawmakers being willing to form a task force and hoped any such panel would include a commonwealth's attorney. But he disagrees with halting executions, he said.

"Although I welcome continued review of the ABA's findings, I do not believe it merits a suspension of the death penalty, which disregards trial verdicts, years of judicial review and the families of crime victims seeking justice for their loved ones," he said in a statement.

Jack Conway A.K.A John William "Jack" Conway (born July 5, 1969) is an American politician from Kentucky. Conway is a Democrat and has served as the Attorney General of Kentucky since 2008.

18 June 2010 - Gardner, meanwhile, slept and waited alone until he was escorted 90 feet down a hallway and around a corner to the prison's execution chamber just before midnight. At 12 a.m., Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff spoke with prison officials by telephone and told them there was no legal reason not to go through with the execution.

Families of Gardner's victims and others waited at the Utah State Capitol. The nervous sounds of tapping feet or whispered conversations were all that remained as a small crowd waited for the attorney general to re-emerge. "Ronnie Lee Gardner will never kill again. He will never assault anyone again," Shurtleff said to a silenced audience. Gardner was pronounced dead at 12:20 and 25 seconds. "Now Ronnie Lee Gardner will be held accountable to a higher power, and I pray he will find more mercy than he showed his victims," Shurtleff said.

Mark Shurtleff (born August 9, 1957) is the current attorney general of the state of Utah, United States, a position he has held since January 2001. Shurtleff is a member of the Republican Party.

There are a lot of messages that need to be sent to the criminal who is out there dealing in this on the streets of the United States. We need to send the message of swiftness and certain punishment.

Ira William "Bill" McCollum, Jr. (born July 12, 1944 in Brooksville, Florida) is a former Florida Attorney General. A Republican, he was Florida's 36th attorney general, taking office in 2007. He was a member of the United State House of Representatives from 1981 to 2001, representing Florida's 5th congressional district, which was later redistricted to the 8th congressional district in 1993. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 2000 and 2004 and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination against businessman Rick Scott in the 2010 Florida gubernatorial election.

"The date for Stokley's sentence to be carried out has not been set, but I am hopeful that this killer will be brought to justice without excessive delay from the federal system. The families of the victims deserve to see justice in a timely manner," Horne stated in the statement on Monday 26 September 2011. [Referring to the death sentence of Richard Dale Stokley]

A U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday 21December 2011 that even if the Arizona Department of Corrections varied from its court-approved protocol for execution by lethal injection, there was no violation of prisoners' constitutional rights.

And even if the drugs used in two of the last five executions in Florence were obtained unlawfully, the Corrections Department did not do so intentionally and knowingly, the judge wrote in his decision.

Judge Neil Wake ruled in favor of the state, denying an injunction requiring the DOC to conform to its established protocol.

"This ruling puts to rest yet another of the specious legal barricades that capital-punishment opponents have thrown up in the past few decades to challenge the death penalty," Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said in a prepared statement.

Tom Horne A.K.A Thomas Charles "Tom" Horne (born March 28, 1945) is the current Arizona Attorney General. He served as the Arizona Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2003 to 2011.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a statement, which said in part, "The just sentence of death has now been carried out. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of Ruth Phillips." [Jerry Terrell Jackson was executed by lethal injection in Virginia on 18 August 2011 for the murder of Ruth Philips on 26 August 2001]

Ken Cuccinelli A.K.A Kenneth Thomas 'Ken' Cuccinelli II (born July 30, 1968) is a U.S. politician and the Attorney General of Virginia. From 2002 until January 16, 2010 he was a Republican member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 37th district in Fairfax County. A Republican convention selected him over two other candidates to run against Democrat Steve Shannon for Attorney General, and he won the November 2009 general election. He took office as Virginia's Attorney General in January 2010.

CASE: The murder Valle was convicted for was related in the court case history as follows: On April 2, 1978, Officer Louis Pena of the Coral Gables Police Department was on patrol when he stopped Valle and a companion for a traffic violation. The events that followed were witnessed by Officer Gary Spell, also of the Coral Gables Police Department. Officer Spell testified that when he arrived at the scene, Valle was sitting in the patrol car with Officer Pena. Shortly thereafter, Spell heard Pena use his radio to run a license check on the car Valle was driving. According to Spell, Valle then walked back to his car and reached into it, approached Officer Pena and fired a single shot at him, which resulted in his death. Valle also fired two shots at Spell and then fled. He was picked up two days later in Deerfield Beach. Following his jury trial, Valle was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Pena. He was also found guilty of the attempted first-degree murder of Spell and after a non-jury trial, he was found guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


“Today’s ruling reaffirms that the protocols and procedures used by the state of Florida in lethal injections are constitutional,” Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a statement. “With the stay lifted, justice for this cold-blooded killer who gunned down a police officer can now be served.”

Pamela Jo Bondi (born November 17, 1965) is the current Attorney General of Florida. Bondi's hometown is Temple Terrace, Florida. Her father, Joseph Bondi, was a City Councilman and then Mayor of Temple Terrace. She is a graduate of C. Leon King High School in Tampa, Florida. Bondi graduated from the University of Florida in 1987 with a degree in Criminal Justice. She then graduated from Stetson Law School with a JD in 1990 and was admitted to the Florida Bar on June 24, 1991. She is a former prosecutor and spokeswoman in Hillsborough County, Florida where she worked as an Assistant State Attorney. Bondi resigned this position to seek the office of Attorney General of Florida. She has made guest appearances on Scarborough Country with Joe Scarborough and various other cable news programming on MSNBC and worked for Fox News as a legal analyst. Bondi prosecuted former Major League Baseball player Dwight Gooden for violating the terms of his probation and for substance abuse. Bondi also prosecuted the Martin Anderson death defendants. On December 1, 2009, Bondi officially announced that she would be running for Florida Attorney General. On August 24, 2010 she won the Republican primary for this post, narrowly defeating lieutenant governor Jeff Kottkamp in a 3-way race. On November 2, 2010 she defeated Democratic nominee Dan Gelber, to become the Attorney General of the State of Florida. She was endorsed by former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the primary. Bondi is the lead attorney general in the lawsuit seeking to overturn Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Florida et al v. United States Department of Health and Human Services. In the lawsuit the State of Florida and 26 other states have argued that the individual mandate provision of the PPACA violates the Constitution. She retained Scott Makar as Florida Solicitor General; he has held that position since 2007.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said the death penalty should be retained because it helps protect the public and deters others from committing murders. Jackley said South Dakota's death penalty law requires a jury to find aggravating factors before sentencing someone to death, and the penalty is used only in rare cases. "It has not been overly used in South Dakota. I ask you to let us have that tool to protect the public," the attorney general said.

Opponents argue that death penalty cases cost much more in the pre-trial and trial phases because they require extra lawyers, more time and costs in processing evidence, and longer periods of time to sit juries, reach verdicts and consider sentencing - not to mention greater security expenses in guarding inmates on death row.


But those arguments don't fly in South Dakota, prosecution and corrections officials here say.


"You add a couple of weeks’ time frame on jury selection in a death penalty case. At the tail end, because sentencing is in front of a jury, not a judge, then you add a week instead of a day," Attorney General Marty Jackley said. "So if you look at the scheme of things, that's a couple of thousand dollars. But once you get past the trial stage, a death penalty case and non-death penalty case have the exact same procedure, the same appeals rights in state and federal courts. You don't have any difference in costs between the two."

"It is my position that justice has been served in this case to protect not only the public from future escapes and harm, as well as, the penitentiary community from the further actions of Eric Robert," Jackley said. [Thursday 27 October 2011 – Eric Roberts was sentenced to death for the murder of South Dakota correctional officer Ron Johnson during a foiled prison escape on 12 April 2011]

Thursday 2 February 2012 - Larson fears if Berget is sentenced to die, other inmates will get the wrong message.

"Do you want to send the message that this is a way of shortening a sentence for people who feel a life sentence is intolerable," Larson said.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says death is the only sentence that should be considered because of Berget's violent past and his history of escaping.

"Make no mistake about it.  This case is not about ending a life sentence through the death penalty process; this case was to end two life sentences by an escape, a selfish act," Jackley said.

And Jackley says a third life sentence for Berget will not protect the public.

"The evidence in this case leads to the inescapable conclusion that defendant Berget's extreme violent actions and his intensive escape history can be ended only with the imposition of death," Jackley said.

The court also heard closing statements from the prosecution and the defense. As the defense asks the judge for what would be Berget's third life sentence, the state asks for Berget to be put to death.

"I think that there is a time and a place for the death penalty and it needs to be reserved for very limited situations; but this is one of those situations that I believe that it would be appropriate,” said South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley.

Jackley, who prosecuted the case, said after the hearing that Berget's extensive escape history and violent behavior made death the only appropriate sentence for Johnson’s brutal murder.

“Rodney Berget has led a life of pain and destruction that includes a criminal history of 10 felony convictions,” Jackley said as he stood outside the courtroom with members of Johnson's family, holding the hand of widow Lynette Johnson. “There can really be no conclusion but a proper sentence of death.” [Rodney Berget of Sioux Falls, pleaded guilty to murder of Correctional Officer Ronald “R.J.” Johnson last year and sentenced to death Monday 6 February 2012]

A South Dakota House committee endorsed a plan Wednesday 15 February 2012 aimed at preventing death-row inmates from filing repeated appeals in an effort to delay their executions.


Although the limits would apply to all serious criminal cases, Attorney General Marty Jackley said the limits are especially needed in death penalty cases. Two men convicted and sentenced to death two decades ago have avoided execution because their appeals are still proceeding through the courts, he said.


Murder victims' families should not have to wait 20 years to see a death sentence carried out, Jackley said.


"It doesn't end," Jackley said. "It's time to give a fair resolution, but a timely resolution for victims."

People convicted of crimes in South Dakota can appeal their convictions to the state Supreme Court.


Under the bill, convicts who lose a first direct appeal usually could file only one secondary appeal. State law currently puts no limit on those secondary appeals, called habeus corpus petitions. Those petitions generally argue that a convict's constitutional rights were violated, and they often contend the person's previous lawyers made mistakes.


The bill would limit convicts to one secondary appeal, unless new evidence is discovered or an appeals court recognizes a new constitutional right that would apply to the case. Those secondary appeals also would have to be filed within two years of when the first direct appeal was decided or new evidence was discovered.


"At some point, there needs to be finality. I would suggest this would give it fair and reasonable finality," Jackley said.


The bill would apply to all people convicted of serious crimes, but South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the limits are particularly needed in cases where murderers have been sentenced to death.

Jackley also noted that Donald Moeller was sentenced to death for the 1990 rape and killing of 9-year-old Becky O'Connell of Sioux Falls, but Moeller's appeals continue.

"There has been no justice for the death of that 9-year-old girl," Jackley said.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said his office expected the ruling and is focused on submitting written briefs arguing that the death penalty is proper in the case.

"The focus remains on the merits of the appeal, showing there is that necessary aggravating factor and this is an appropriate sentence under all the facts and circumstances," Jackley said. [The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday 12 April 2012 denied a convicted murderer's request for a quick execution in the slaying of a prison guard, ruling that the high court must first complete its mandatory review of the sentence, a process that can take up to two years.]

Marty Jackley (1970- ) is the Attorney General for South Dakota. He was appointed Attorney General on September 4, 2009, after the prior Attorney General Larry Long was named a circuit court judge. Jackley graduated with Honors from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1992, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned a law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Marty served as a law clerk for the US Federal District Court - District of South Dakota in Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2006, he was appointed the United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota. As South Dakota Attorney General, Jackley filed a friend of the court brief siding with Arizona in the federal government's lawsuit over that state's immigration law. He won election in November 2010 against Democrat Ron Volesky.

"I'm confident so far, we haven't had any miscarriages of justice on my watch," Cordray said. "I haven't seen the justification for a moratorium here in Ohio."

Richard Cordray (born May 3, 1959) is an American politician of the Democratic Party who serves as the Attorney General of Ohio. Cordray was elected on November 4, 2008 to fill the remainder of the unexpired term ending January 2011. Prior to his election as Ohio Attorney General, Cordray served as the Ohio State Treasurer and as treasurer of Franklin County, Ohio. He has also previously served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1991–1993) and as the first Ohio state solicitor (1993–1994).

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning praised the judge's decision.

"John Lotter murdered three innocent people and should face the consequences of his crimes," he said in a statement. "Today's decision is the next step toward justice."

Jon Bruning (born April 30, 1969, Lincoln, Nebraska) is Attorney General of the state of Nebraska. A Republican, Bruning was sworn into office as Nebraska's 31st Attorney General in 2003.

"It is important as a state that we provide justice for victims' families and honor the decisions of our peers who serve the state's courts and citizens as jurors," he said. "Capital punishment is an option in Oklahoma for criminals who commit the most heinous acts against our residents, communities and children and in many cases are repeat offenders. We have a statutory and moral obligation to ensure the punishment is carried out." [Tuesday 3 January 2012]  

Scott Pruitt (born May 9, 1968) is a United States lawyer and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. He is the current Oklahoma Attorney General. Pruitt was a State Senator, representing Tulsa and Wagoner counties from 1998 until 2006. When former NFL Hall of Famer and Congressman Steve Largent retired from the United States House of Representatives representing Oklahoma's First Congressional District, Pruitt ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination to succeed Largent against the First Lady of Oklahoma, Cathy Keating and the eventual nominee and winner, John A. Sullivan. In the 2002 election cycle, Pruitt was re-elected without opposition by his home district. Rather than seek re-election in 2006, Pruitt launched a failed campaign to receive the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma. 
We regret that the court's legally baseless order unnecessarily delays justice and closure for the victim's family including her two children who witnessed their mother's brutal murder." Greg Abbott criticizing Judge Kevin Fine.
Gregory W. "Greg" Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is the attorney general of Texas, and is the second Republican since Reconstruction to serve in that role. Abbott was sworn in on December 2, 2002, following John Cornyn's election to the U.S. Senate. Prior to assuming the office of attorney general, Abbott was a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, a position to which he was initially appointed in 1995 by then-Governor George W. Bush. He is noted outside the state of Texas for successfully defending the right of the state of Texas to display the Ten Commandments in front of the state Capitol in Austin in a 2005 United States Supreme Court case known as Van Orden v. Perry.

Roy Lee Ward’s death sentence upheld on Thursday 18 November 2010

"In considering the complicated procedural history of this case, let us not forget the innocent victim, Stacy Payne, who was killed in a horrifically violent manner by an intruder in her own home, and let us not forget her family. My office is committed to obtaining justice in this case and ensuring that the laws of this state are carried out and the rulings of the trial court are upheld," Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said. Zoeller's office represents the State of Indiana when offenders appeal their convictions and sentences.  


Greg Zoeller is the current and 42nd attorney general of the U.S. state of Indiana. A Republican, he was elected in November 2008 beating Democrat Linda Pence and took office in January 2009.
Republican Attorney General John Suthers and district attorneys say the death penalty is the key to discouraging the worst crimes. The threat of death is the only deterrent left for inmates sentenced to life in prison who might kill a guard or another inmate, Suthers said. "If you don't have a death penalty, those are free murders," Suthers said. "There remains some crimes, some murders, that anything short of the death penalty is an inadequate societal response."

Sunday 30 December 2012 - Already sentenced to life in prison by the time they went to trial for the murders of Fields' son and would-be daughter-in-law, the killers would have faced no additional penalty had capital punishment been repealed, Attorney General John Suthers pointed out.

"For killing the witness in your case, you're going to get no more serious consequence than if they'd testified against you?" Suthers asked. "Life imprisonment is not an adequate societal response."

John William Suthers (born October 18, 1951) is the current Attorney General of Colorado. He is a practicing Catholic and member of the Republican Party.

Attorney General Steve Six praised the Senate for upholding the current law, which he said is responsibly and narrowly written. "Families of victims, prosecutors and law enforcement officers understand how important this statute is to our criminal justice system," Six said. "Some crimes are just too heinous and cruel to receive a lesser sentence." when debating the death penalty in Kansas on 18 February 2010.

Backed by the loved ones of murder victims, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six urged state lawmakers Thursday to vote down an effort to repeal the state’s death penalty. “The Kansas death penalty applies to only the most cruel, horrendous crimes,” Six said. “This is something the great majority of Kansans support for these horrendous crimes.”

He said killers sentenced to life are just as likely to file appeals. Besides, he said, “you can’t put a price on justice in these cases.”

Killers such as the Carr brothers, Six said, “have forfeited the right to live among us.”

Stephen N. Six (born December 11, 1965) is an American attorney and former judge from Kansas. He was appointed as the state's 43rd Attorney General following the resignation of Paul J. Morrison, taking office on January 31, 2008. Stephen Six is the son of former Kansas Supreme Court Justice Fred Six. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1988 and earned his law degree from the University of Kansas. Following his 1993 graduation from law school, Six served as a law clerk to Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. From 1994 to 2005, he served as a Partner in the Kansas City, Missouri law firm of Shamberg, Johnson, and Bergman. He was appointed as a Judge on the Douglas County Circuit Court by Governor Sebelius in January 2005, serving in that post until his appointment as Attorney General. Six sought a full term as attorney general in the 2010 general election, but was defeated by Republican State Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt. He is married to Betsy Brand Six and is a member of the United Church of Christ.

Lisa Madigan to Quinn: `it is appropriate that a sentence of death be available' (January 27, 2011)
I continue to believe that the death penalty is an appropriate and just punishment when a defendant commits multiple murders or murders a victim in a particularly heinous manner or circumstances.


Lisa Madigan to Quinn: `it is appropriate that a sentence of death be available' (January 27, 2011)
As prosecutors, we are charged with seeking justice on behalf of the People of Illinois. In each and every murder case that we have handled, we have done just that. When the facts and the law have led to the conclusion that a defendant should not be retried or a decision appealed, I have reached that conclusion and allowed defendants to be released from prison. However, when the facts and the law establish that a defendant has committed a heinous murder or murders, we must seek a just punishment that fits the despicable nature of the crimes. In those cases, it is appropriate that a sentence of death be available for the judge and jury to consider.

I urge you to veto Senate Bill 3539.


Lisa Madigan (born July 30, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) has been the 41st Attorney General of the U.S. state of Illinois since 2003, when she became the first female attorney general for Illinois. She is a Democrat and the daughter of Michael Madigan, who has been Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for most of the last quarter century.