Sen. Ball Seeks Reinstating the Death Penalty for Cop Killers


Tell Sen. Greg Ball “No” to his desire to reinstate the death penalty. He is pandering to sorrow-filled New Yorkers and a media wolfpack. From 1995-2004, not a single person convicted and sentenced under the death penalty statue was executed. Today, all former death row inmates remain imprisoned for the rest of their natural lives.

On his State Senate website, Sen. Ball writes:

In 2004, the New York Court of Appeals ruled (in the People v LaValle) that the procedure for imposing the death penalty was flawed. As a result, prosecutors have been unable to seek the death penalty when a law enforcement officer is murdered while performing his duties. Since the LaValle ruling, there have been 8 police officers in New York intentionally murdered, 7 of which have occurred after this legislation enacted a sentence of life without parole for those who kill law enforcement officers.

Months after joining the Assembly in March 2003, I joined with my colleagues in opposing any attempt to fix the “flaw” in the death penalty statute. I will forever proud of my role in the Majority Conference debate in letting the death penalty die in NYS.

Life without parole is a living hell for murderers. The wrongful execution by the State of an innocent person can never be undone and would be a living hell for all those involved.

Murder rates are unaffected by the absence or presence of a death penalty statute. Few murders are premediated and those who plan murders are not rational actors. They are sociopathic personalities who do not care a whit about the rules of our society. Others act out of a misplaced passion that suspends rational thinking about the consequences of their action.

During my time in the Assembly, I met several men who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. If prosecutors, law enforcement officials, judges and juries could convict innocent men of non-capital crimes, couldn’t they also convict innocent men of capital murder?

I share the grief and sorrow of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski‘s family and friends but the death penalty won’t resurrect him. Blood vengence neither serves his memory nor deter future assaults on police officers.

Sign my petition to Sen. Ball today. Click on this link Say No to Capital PunishmentLeave a comment below.

About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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