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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

10-09 KPAX News

Death penalty opponents meet in Great Falls
A group of death penalty abolitionists are traveling across the state to talk about the problems associated with capital punishment and on Wednesday night the group spoke in Great Falls.
Some five speakers told their personal stories at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, from a man who was released from death row after he was found innocent, to a man whose only daughter was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing, to the Unabomber's brother, David Kaczynski.
David talked about his hesitance to turn his brother Ted into the FBI due to the fear that the action would cost Ted his life.
"We wanted to make a life affirming choice, and yet in this case it appeared that the only, the process, for saving innocent lives might be the life of my mentally ill brother" said David.
He added that one of the major problems with the capital punishment is that it is not fair. His brother Ted was not sentenced to death, yet David said others who have committed lesser crimes receive the death penalty.
David also said too many people innocent people are killed on death row and that the money used to sentence and put people to death would be better used in programs for healing for victims and also promoting safer communities.