The biggest government waste: The death penalty. An individual death-penalty case could climb to $100 million, much of it spent at the litigation level. Also, DNA evidence has exonerated nearly 300 death-row inmates.
— John McLaughlin, creator and host of "The McLaughlin Group"
You will be - or should be - appalled at the number of times that crime labs turn out to be providing inaccurate and phony evidence...Sometimes technicians are manufacturing evidence deliberately. Sometimes the science itself turns out to be untrustworthy
Don't misread me. You won't find any arguments here about the death penalty being unfair, immoral or barbaric. I don't buy it.... But the issue here is not about the merits of the death penalty. It's about inefficiencies and priorities. As we raise university tuitions out of sight, whack the poor and lay off cops, do we really want to be spending $308 million to snuff out one individual?
— George Skelton, conservative political columnist