As one who can see no basis in law, reason or morality for a death penalty, I was disheartened to see today’s State House News Poll finding that almost two-thirds of Massachusetts residents, 65 percent, support Gov. Romney’s death penalty bill, filed last month, which would reinstate the death penalty in Massachusetts for specific crimes such as terrorism, murder involving torture and the killing of police officers.
Romney characterizes the bill as creating a fool-proof standard that would prevent it being used against innocents. One group that takes issue with that is Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty. Founded in 1928 in response to the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti, it is the oldest active anti-death penalty organization in the United States. Now, 58 years to the week after the last execution took place in Mass., MCADP is in financial jeopary. Its supporters recently sent out an urgent call for donations. If you want to support its efforts to keep the death penalty out of Mass., visit its site and consider making a donation.