Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday asserted that the death penalty prevented “the most heinous crimes.”
During a town hall event in Grand Junction, Colorado, a man who identified himself a “the local D.A.” asked Romney to respond to a recent Supreme Court ruling that banned mandatory life sentences for minors who are convicted of murder.
Instead of taking a position on the Supreme Court ruling, the former Massachusetts governor took the opportunity to express his support for capital punishment.
“I realize that this wasn’t a death penalty case… but I happen to believe that the death penalty tends to prevent some of the most heinous crimes,” Romney said, pausing for the audience to cheer.
“And I also believe that the prison terms that are of the nature you describe can also prevent some of the most heinous crimes from occurring,” the candidate continued. “I believe in this case, the Supreme Court was looking at the age of the offender. Boy, I’ll tell you, a 17 year old, a setting like that just breaks my heart. I’ll look at the particular case.”
“But I can tell you, I’m someone who comes down on the side of swift and severe punishment for those who commit these serious crimes.”
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, non-death penalty states had a 25 percent lower murder rate than states with the death penalty in 2010. In fact, states without a death penalty have had consistently lower murder rates every year for the last 20 years.
A 2009 study (PDF) published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology found that 88 percent of the country’s top criminologists did not believe the death penalty was a deterrent.
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast July 10, 2012.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019