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splat@14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:46 AM
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Texas AG candidate has a great position on death penalty for child sex preds
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 08:48 AM by splat@14


David Van Os is seeking to beat incumbent Greg Abbott in this race. I really like his position on this and other issues. Just for Texas now but these issues are national as well. This guy should have Abu Al's job now. And, by the way, Van Os is a DU'r
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http://texasdeathpenalty.blogspot.com/2006/10/david-van...




Here is David Van Os' statement:


While I support stiff penalties for sex predators, I am opposed to punishing a crime that did not result in a death with the death penalty. This makes me the exact opposite of Greg Abbott, who favors the death penalty for 'sex predators' even where the offense did not result in a death.

Applying the death penalty to a crime that did not result in death is disproportionate to the crime and thus unconstitutional in my opinion. Also, reserving the death penalty for homicides saves some crime victims' lives. Making non-homicide crimes subject to the death penalty will result in some criminals killing their victims where they might not have done so, since they have nothing further to lose by committing murder.

Abbott's position on this issue is typical of his grandstanding. It is also typical of the way he deals with families. In his administration of child support, for example, he does not care about the families who are involved in anguishing situations. He only cares about getting his statistics to use as political bragging points. In many sex crime cases the offender is a family member who needs treatment and cure. To apply the death penalty in such cases would only bring more anguish to already distressed families.

Families need help, Greg, not lethal injections.
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VelmaD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:49 AM
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1. Yup...he's a DUer...
and an all around great guy. I've been lucky enough to know David and his family for a while now and we have just GOT to elect him AG. He's the most on fire human being I have ever met and he's all about taking the side of the little guy. :)
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:08 AM
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2. Voting today-two more votes for Van Os here.
:)
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splat@14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:13 AM
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3. I'm headed out this AM to do the same. 3 votes from this house!
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 09:14 AM by splat@14
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