The Death Penalty’s Unlikely Opponents

There’s an excellent article on CNN about the death penalty’s unlikely opponents. These are people who are the families of murder victims and yet still oppose the death penalty. One of the several family members interviewed in the article is Charisse Coleman, who had this to say:

“My opposition to the death penalty has nothing to do with Bobby Lee Hampton,” Coleman said. “He’s a bad dude. He’s never going to be a good dude. If I got a call that said Bobby Lee Hampton dropped dead in his cell last night, I don’t think it would create a ripple in my pond.”

She added, though, “I will be goddamned if I will let Bobby Lee Hampton make me a victim, too, by taking me down that road of bitterness and revenge.”

Read more of the article here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/23/justice/death-penalty-opponents/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

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