I have found this gem.Mayor Ed Koch Will Argue To The Death (Penalty)
Former Mayor Ed Koch's commentary out today is a matter of life and death -- in particular, a full-throated defense of maintaining a legal death penalty, which neighboring Connecticut has just abolished.
I'm sure Koch's argument wouldn't fare well in more liberal circles, but I'm curious to see what, if anything, people think of it. Here are some excerpts:
"I do not believe there is a single case in the U.S. where academics and law enforcement authorities agree that an innocent person has been put to death. Yes, innocent people have been convicted at trial, but as a result of appeals, they have been exonerated before the sentence was carried out. Even if opponents were to cite such a case, I would still support having the penalty available as an option in particularly heinous murders. The reason being that many more innocent lives would be saved because of the deterrence factor.
"Death penalty opponents always claim racism in the meting out of the penalty, conveying that blacks and Hispanics are victims of that racism. What they rarely state is that while proportionate to the population whites commit fewer murders than blacks and Hispanics, they receive the death penalty in greater numbers. The cry of racism by the opponents really stems from the contention that the murderers of minority victims are given prison sentences to a greater degree than death sentences, whereas the murderers of white victims are more likely to be given death sentences.
"Those opponents donít urge that more minority murderers of minorities be given the death penalty in larger numbers upon conviction, but rather that no one suffer that penalty."
News story here: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/05/mayor-ed-koch-will-argue-to-the-death-penalty-0