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Tuesday, December 29, 2009



00:10 Hours MST Tuesday 29 December 2009

Kay Morteson of Payson was brutally murdered in the sanctity of his own home.

A convicted sex offender was arrested in the kidnap and murder of 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell in Maryland.

A Salvation Army worker in Arkansas was murdered in front of his three children on Christmas Eve.

Yet on the same day all three of these senseless murders were reported in the Deseret News, your bleeding heart liberal editors decried the death penalty as inhumane.

The thing that is "cruel and unusual" about the death penalty is not the sentence itself but the years — often decades — that go by before the execution is carried out.

While nine men may have been exonerated in 2009 of decades-old murders, with the current use of forensics and DNA it is virtually impossible that an innocent person will now be wrongfully convicted of murder.

Contrary to your editors' opinion, the primary purpose for the death penalty is not "closure" for the victims' families.

It is making sure that the predator is never allowed to walk the streets and prey on innocent victims again.

Comedian Ron White said it best about his home state of Texas:

"Not only do we have and use the death penalty, we're putting in an express lane!"

Sometimes comedians make more sense than politicians and editorial writers.

Brad Merritt
Woodland Hills
Utah County




I believe in the doctrine of blood atonement.

A murderer can only attain eventual forgiveness by having his own blood shed.

When a murderer's life is spared, we are doing him no favors, for without that blood atonement, he remains under condemnation through the eternities.

Unfortunately, our legal system has become too corrupted by political influence to ever entrust the state with imposing the death penalty.

According to the teachings of the late Dr. W. Cleon Skousen, under the laws of ancient Israel, a murderer or sex offender was immediately executed, in broad daylight and in full view of the general public, by the victim's family and the eyewitnesses to the crime.

For those who accidentally killed someone, there were cities of refuge where the mitigating circumstances of their case could receive a fair and impartial hearing.

Let's scrap our current penal code and return to doing things the way our Lord commanded so long ago.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400




My impression of the editorial staff at the DESERET NEWS is that they are quite properly "politically correct" in their language, unquestioningly enthusiastic in their support of government propaganda, and utterly terrified of anything controversial.

As for being "Liberal", I consider that term a misnomer, for I've never encountered anyone more intolerant of opposing viewpoints than a so-called "Liberal".

But, yes, I think Brad Merritt is correct in his appraisal.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400



dudleysharp said...


The exonerated claims regarding death row are most often a deception.

Please read

The 130 (now 139) death row "innocents" scam

and here are a few others which may be of interest:

"The Death Penalty: More Protection for Innocents"

"Deterrence and the Death Penalty: A Reply to Radelet and Lacock"

"Death Penalty, Deterrence & Murder Rates: Let's be clear"

23 recent deterrence studies finding for deterrence, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation,

A Death Penalty Red Herring: The Inanity and Hypocrisy of Perfection, Lester Jackson Ph.D.,

"The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents"

dudleysharp said...

Ron White can be funny, but on the Texas death penalty he is wrong. Yes, we execute about 1/3 of all murderers in the US, but it is hardly an express lane.

Texas averages about 11 years from sentence to execution. Virginia about 6 years.