New Contender for Stupidest Bill
The PPH reports that Sen. Jonathan Courtney (R - York) will sponsor a bill seeking to restore the death penalty in Maine for cases of domestic violence that lead to murder. The death penalty is a bad idea in any circumstance (it's not a credible deterrent and the chance of an innocent person being killed is high) but it makes even less sense for the kind of crimes Courtney wants to apply it to.
"There really is no deterrent" in many domestic-violence homicides because the abusers are so obsessed with killing their victims that they are indifferent to the legal consequences, according to Kim Roberts, executive director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence.
Maine has had no death penalty since 1887 and is one of six states in which a prisoner serving a life sentence is not eligible for parole.
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