Summer Sale Extended! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Readers Respond
News Opinion Readers Respond

Pain of death row inmate's family sparks little sympathy

I find it very difficult to compare children losing their playmates to parents being bound, gagged and stabbed to death by a neighbor ("A sister arrives at a different view," Feb. 10).

Whether John Booth-El wielded the knife or not, he still participated in a vicious attack that resulted in the deaths of two people he knew, and he is therefore just as guilty of their murder.

Peggy Alley, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Bring back the death penalty in Md.

    Bring back the death penalty in Md.

    Baltimore's very own "Public Enemy No. 1" has been sentenced to life plus 240 years for a double murder ("Killer gets life plus 240 years, flips off top prosecutor," March 24).

  • Keep the death penalty abolished

    Keep the death penalty abolished

    I find it amazing that Del. Pat McDonough feels that reinstating the death penalty demands his time and resources as a priority in our state despite the numerous more pressing issues ("Del. McDonough seeks to restore death penalty in some cases," Jan. 26). He references two recent police killings...

  • Choose life and mercy — even for heinous crimes

    Choose life and mercy — even for heinous crimes

    While Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Towson University professor Richard Vatz have outlined many secular reasons for reinstating the death penalty ("Maryland should reinstate the death penalty," Jan. 6), I suggest that we let dead dogs lie and that we let the death penalty...

  • A death penalty rebuttal, point by point

    A death penalty rebuttal, point by point

    It was good of Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Towson University professor Richard E. Vatz to present their best arguments for reinstating the death penalty in Maryland — or anywhere else, I suppose ("Reinstate the death penalty, Maryland," Jan. 7). Let's see if any of...

  • Who says innocent people are never executed?

    Who says innocent people are never executed?

    It's ironic that your newspaper should publish a letter from our most ignorant apologists for the death penalty the same week that the Innocence Project freed yet another death row inmate from being wrongfully executed ("Maryland should reinstate the death penalty," Jan. 6).

  • Killing each other won't make us safer

    Killing each other won't make us safer

    Reading Scott Shellenberger's and Richard E. Vatz's pleas for a reinstatement of the death penalty in Maryland reminds me of a proverbial ditty my mother was fond of during my childhood ("Maryland should reinstate the death penalty," Jan. 6).

  • The death penalty is dead; let's move on

    The death penalty is dead; let's move on

    Each one of the arguments raised in Scott Shellenberger and Richard E. Vatz's recent op-ed calling for reinstating the death penalty in Maryland was considered during the debate on capital punishment ("Maryland should reinstate the death penalty," Jan. 6).

  • Lethal injections don't have to be botched [Letter]

    Lethal injections don't have to be botched [Letter]

    Having just read your latest editorial about an inmate's execution ("Another botched injection,http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-lethal-injection-20140725%2C0%2C1958095.story July 27), two things stand out. The first is obvious — when something like this happens, it immediately becomes...

Comments
Loading
86°