Gov. Romney Mulls Death Penalty for Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts said Monday he had assembled a panel of experts to help him develop a law that would institute capital punishment there.

Romney told the New York Times the panel, composed of legal and forensic experts from Massachusetts and elsewhere, would be asked to help write a bill that would avoid the mistakes that have led in several states to the convictions of innocent defendants.

“I really am looking for a standard of certainty,” Romney told the Times. “That’s why I’ve asked this panel of experts to determine if a legal and forensic standard can be crafted to assure us that only the guilty will suffer the death penalty. I believe it can be.”

Massachusetts is one of 12 states without the death penalty, having abolished it in 1984. A succession of Republican over the last 12 years have tried unsuccessfully to reinstate capital punishment.


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