Minnesota has not had the death penalty since 1911, but one Minnesota
representative says today's forensic technology makes now a good time to bring
it back. Republican State Representative Glenn Gruenhagen of Glencoe introduced
Gruenhagen says today's forensic and DNA capabilities almost eliminate errors
in sentencing. Which, he says, makes now the right time to reinstate the death
penalty. His proposal would call for a more efficient death penalty process to
lower the cost and protect citizens, he said.
The bill would only cover new capital crimes, including the murder of peace
officers, children under 6, and murder while committing crimes of violence. The
proposed bill is still in the early stages, but Gruenhagen says he is glad to
get the conversation started. "I believe this is a serious proposal that needs
serious sessions and input from the public to their local legislatures," he
Local representatives who talked to WDIO said they will not be supporting the
bill. Duluth DFL Representative Tom Huntley said he doubts the bill will make
it very far.
(source: WDIO News)