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Argument: Capital punishment wastes time and energy and burdens courts

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Hugo Adam Bedau. "The Case Against The Death Penalty". American Civil Liberties Union. 1992 - "Capital punishment wastes resources. It squanders the time and energy of courts, prosecuting attorneys, defense counsel, juries, and courtroom and correctional personnel. It unduly burdens the system of criminal justice, and it is therefore counterproductive as an instrument for society's control of violent crime. It epitomizes the tragic inefficacy and brutality of the resort to violence rather than reason for the solution of difficult social problems."


Richard Brown, District Attorney, New York. - It is costly to implement ... the commitment of time, money and man power necessary for a capital case is enormous and it takes from other cases.[1]


David Capeless, Berk County District Attorney, responding to Massachussetts Governor Romney's attempts to introduce a "foolproof" death penalty in the state, Capital News 9, 5/6/2004. - The death penalty would be unduly burdensome on prosecutors and is not an effective law enforcement measure. The proposed measures by the governor's commission won't address those concerns, that I have, sufficiently, to cause me to change my stance on it.[2]


Thomas F. Kelaher, Ocean County prosecutor, in a letter to New Jersey Governor Codey, calling for the abolition of the death penalty, Asbury Park Press. 13 Dec. 2005. - The limited resources of our budgets should, in my judgment, be focused on the more immediate task of investigating, arresting, trying and convicting the miscreants who prey on law-abiding citizens throughout our state.[3]


Jim Kimel, former Guilford County District Attorney. The News & Record. 8 Aug. 2000. - They are all consuming. They demand not just due process, but super due process.[4]

He said this after stating that death penalty cases make up less than 1% of his caseload, but devour 1/3 of its resources.[5]


Thomas J. Miller, Iowa Attorney General, in a letter to the members of the General Assembly, 2 Feb. 1998. - Iowa's entire judicial system would suffer from the overwhelming demands of an added capital caseload.

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