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IOWA LAWMAKERS CONSIDER REINSTATING A DEATH PENALTY

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A BILL TO REINSTATE THE DEATH PENALTY IN IOWA FOR KIDNAPPING, RAPING AND MURDERING A PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF 18 HAS CLEARED ONE HURDLE IN THE IOWA SENATE, BUT IT FACES KEY OPPOSITION IN THE IOWA HOUSE.

SENATOR BRAD ZAUN OF URBANDALE, SAYS WITH NEW MEMBERS MAKING UP ABOUT A THIRD OF THE LEGISLATURE THIS YEAR, HE’S MAKING ANOTHER TRY.

DP1 OC….WRITTEN :07

ZAUN CHAIRS THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

REPRESENTATIVE STEVEN HOLT OF DENISON IS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

HOLT SAYS HE COULD SUPPORT THE DEATH PENALTY ON MORAL GROUNDS, BUT THERE ARE TOO MANY PRACTICAL PROBLEMS WITH IT.

GETTING THE DRUGS FOR A LETHAL INJECTION HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT AND HOLT SAYS THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO’VE BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH WHO HAVE LATER BEEN EXONERATED.

DP2 OC….IN IOWA :08

AT A SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING WEDNESDAY, A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE STATE’S FOUR CATHOLIC BISHOPS SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY.

REVEREND HEATHER WACHENDORF OF NEW BEGINNINGS CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN URBANDALE WAS AMONG THREE PASTORS WHO TESTIFIED.

DP3 OC….NEVER OKAY :07

TERRY PIERCE OF WEST DES MOINES WAS THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC AT THE HEARING WHO SPOKE IN FAVOR OF THE BILL.

DP4 OC….ENOUGH :11

IOWA ABOLISHED THE DEATH PENALTY IN 1965.

IN 1995, THE IOWA HOUSE NARROWLY VOTED TO REINSTATE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, BUT THE BILL WAS DEFEATED IN THE SENATE.

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