With John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the 2002 D.C. sniper attacks, scheduled to be executed tomorrow, Virginia voters are broadly in favor of the death penalty for those convicted of murder, according to new data from a Washington Post poll.
Virginia voters favor the death penalty by a better than 2 to 1 margin, with 66 percent supportive of it, 31 percent opposed. And intensity on this issue is with the supporters: 45 percent "strongly" back capital punishment, 18 percent are that solidly opposed.
But in Northern Virginia - site of several shootings by Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo - a smaller majority of 56 percent backs the death penalty, compared with 71 percent in the rest of the state.
That's an interesting statistic. In Northern VA, only 56% favor the death penalty compared to 71% in the rest of the state. What do you think could account for that difference? Could it be education? The northern residents must include many educated people who work in Washington D.C. whereas much of the rest of the state is rural. Is that it? What's your opinion?
What about Mr. Muhammad? They said he was delusional and suffered from amnesia during the trial. Should that have been considered to mitigate his guilt? Could a delusional person have done what he did?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.
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