Even Anti-Death Penalty Republicans like Alberta Darling are showing enormous "party discipline" (code word for I don't represent the people who elected me, but the agenda of the party I belong to) and voting against their own and their consituent's beliefs by voting FOR this bill.
From the State Legislature Website:
On March 7, the Senate passed 2005 Senate Joint Resolution 5, providing for an advisory referendum on the question of enacting the death penalty in Wisconsin, by a vote of 20-13. On May 4 the Assembly concurred in SJR-5 as amended by a vote of 47-45, with 4 not voting and 2 paired. The Assembly version would move the date of the referendum from September to November 2006 and would remove the word “vicious” from the description of a homicide that would warrant the death penalty. The Senate has not yet acted on the Assembly amendment, and both houses must pass identical language before an advisory referendum can be scheduled.
The final question asks this:
Should the death penalty be enacted in the State of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is
supported by DNA evidence?
1) Should the Death Penalty be reinacted in WI... Are you guys totally losing it in the State Legislature??? States all over the country are calling moratoriums and trying to figure out why so many people have been wrongly convicted and you want to start up a new program in the middle of this mess???
2) ...for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide... We get it, bad people... they already get life imprisonment without parole. Who're are they threatening behind bars for life???
3) if the conviction issupported by DNA evidence? Check out the horrors of the Houston Crime lab where the most number of executions in this country are processed only a fool thinks DNA evidence is fool proof... Not enough to make you think twice about your chances of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and having your state kill you for that alone??? Check out all the other states around the country with major crime lab problems...
For more information on the Death Penalty in the US including the enormous costs to the states of killing a person over life incarceration, go to http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/FactSheet.pdf
The LaCrosse Tribune is less than happy with our legislators...
And a good friend of mine Dawn Anderson has this to say in the JS Online Editorial page (scroll for her comments).
In fact the entire country is really upset... Try Googling "Death Penalty Referendum in WI".
You see Wisconsin executed only one person since becoming a state in 1848. In 1851 a man was executed. In 1853 our State legislature decided that the death penalty was inhumane and inherently unfair and they abolished it. THEY WERE RIGHT!! We have always been considered a state ahead of it's time and this lack of a death penalty in Wisconsin has held us up in high esteem Nationwide as well as world wide. Finally, although this is my personal blog, I testified to the State Assembly through my job on this issue in late-April. Read that testimony posted here for more details on why this is such a mess.
I could go on and on about what a horrible idea this referendum is, but the bottom line is that if we all make one last push tonight and tomorrow morning to call our State Senators and tell them to vote NO on SJR5. We could possibly sway just enough of them to put this idiotic, immoral, and fiscally insane mess to a rest in Wisconsin. They want to poll the people??? Give them your vote NOW instead of in November by making a phone call. http://waml.legis.state.wi.us/
Look up you State Senator and give them a call now. They vote tomorrow!!! Stop them, they know not what they do!!!