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From: jewell@mace.cc.purdue.edu To: bill@psl.wisc.edu Subject: Clinton on Death Penalty Date: Sat, 1 Aug 92 20:35:01 EST Posted to alt.politics.clinton by Michael Lax (lazarus@wixer.cactus.org) 1 Aug 92 23:00:24 GMT Dear Friend: I appreciate your comments concerning the death penalty. Decisions concerning executions and clemency are the most difficult and soul searching choices any governor must make. I have upheld the death penalty as the law of the state of Arkansas. I support the use of the death penalty in cases involving multiple murders or the killing of a police officer. But the death penalty, by itself, is not enough to deter violent crime. That is why I have proposed a detailed National Crime Strategy that includes creating a national Police Corps to get more policemen on the streets, restricting the sale of semi- automatic assault weapons with no legitimate hunting purpose, and providing drug treatment on demand. Sincere and deeply held beliefs often differ on issues concerning life and death. My own decision to uphold death verdicts was reached after much prayer, study, and consultation. Thank you for taking the time to write me. Sincerely, Bill Clinton

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