Sound Off for September 30: Should the U.S. have the death penalty?
SPOKANE, Wash. — Overnight, Georgia executed a woman who had been on death row for almost two decades. Kelly Gissendaner, 47, was executed at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday, despite appeals filed by her lawyers.
Gissendaner arranged to have her husband killed by Greg Owen, her lover. Owen stabbed Doug Gissendaner in the neck and back. Owen testified against Kelly Gissendaner as part of a plea deal that got him life in prison instead of the death penalty. Gissendaner was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. She became Georgia’s first female inmate to be executed in 70 years.
Her execution had been postponed twice before: once due to a snowstorm and again after the Department of Corrections said the lethal injection drugs looked “cloudy.”
Even a letter from the Pope wasn’t enough to sway the parole board. He asked the board to “commute the sentence to one that would better express both justice and mercy.” Pope Francis also called for an end to the death penalty in the U.S.
There is a moratorium on executions in Washington State.
What do you think? Is it time we do away with the death penalty in the U.S.? Or should we continue to enforce capital punishment?