Hi everyone! I know I haven’t posted in a while. My apologies. I really have missed blogging. Lately it seems that all of my energy has been consumed between mommy duties and practicing law. I will share some of my mommy duty stories with you later. I promise! But, today, I woke up wanting to know what you all thought about the death penalty.
I am fortunate to sit on the Board of Directors for the The Center for Death Penalty Litigation in North Carolina. This non-profit law firm has a team that plays many roles in the fight against the death penalty in North Carolina. They not only zealously represent people on death row in North Carolina, they also consult with, and train, attorney’s throughout the state that represent individuals facing the death penalty.
In addition, I am fortunate enough to be on the capital roster in North Carolina. This gives me the ability to be appointed to represent indigent people that are charged with first degree murder and possibly facing the death penalty. While this work is extremely hard and demanding, it is very rewarding to me as a criminal defense attorney. I have attended some continuing legal education courses over the past couple of months that were centered around defending people facing the death penalty in North Carolina. These seminars are great for me because they allow me to spend time with attorney’s around the state who do similar work and become reinvigorated so that I can continue to zealously advocate on behalf of the “underdog”.
I have also come across some documentaries that have caused me to spend quite a bit of time thinking about the death penalty and the purpose it truly serves. Thus, my reason for wanting to reach out to you all and see what your thoughts and feelings are on the death penalty.
Of course, since I am asking you to share your position, I feel obligated to share mine. I do not believe in the death penalty! And, before you give me the scenario that everyone always gives me when I tell them my views: someone brutally murdering one of my beautiful daughters. STOP! I have already considered that. There is nothing about sitting in a room, watching the state murder a person who has murdered my loved one, that would make me feel restored or whole again. It just wouldn’t.
Now, while I have my views on the death penalty, please know that I have the ability to respect the views of others. In addition to being firmly against the death penalty, I am firmly for respectful, lively discussion and debate on issues we face as a society. So, instead of going on and on about my views, I am going to stop and ask you to share your views. Are you for or against the death penalty? Why or Why not?
I look forward to hearing from you all!