PELHAM, N.Y. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 35 percent of Americans oppose the death penalty, the highest in the country in almost 40 years. Residents of Pelham have mixed feelings on whether someone should be executed for a capital crime.
Dave Katz, owner of the Depot Market and his friend Mike Mattesi said the death penalty should be enforced more often. Katz said the death penalty should be utilized throughout the country and executions should be broadcast on television as well.
"If you're going to kill someone, you have to know he did it without a doubt," Katz said.
The last time opposition for the death penalty was this high was in 1972, when the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was constitutional unless it was applied unfairly.
The latest poll was conducted shortly after the recent controversial execution of Troy Davis, who was convicted of killing a police officer, and last week's Supreme Court hearing involving Alabama death row inmate Cory Maples.
An irate Mattesi said people are in jail for numerous reasons, but many of them should be killed instead of having tax dollars keep them alive. Mattesi acknowledged every inmate should have the right to appeal the execution, but if the appeal fails, they should be executed.
"Why should I pay for them the rest of my life," he said.
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