“That’s just one of those things,” Les Kinsolving told Mediaite’s own Tommy Christopher, when asked about the Troy Davis execution and the GOP debate audience’s cheers for the death penalty. “I’m sorry I have to speak out where I believe it is right, and I thing that capital punishment is wrong.”
The right-leaningWorld Net Daily White House has been vocally anti-death penalty in the past, and was therefore often recalled in conversations regarding the Davis case. “I thought it was the most incredible thing, just horrible,” he said of Davis’ ultimate execution, reminding also that “[Davis] may very well be an innocent man.”
He was also critical of the GOP debate audience that cheered Rick Perry‘s execution record. “That was one of the places where I disagreed,” he assured Christopher, wondering again about the possible innocence of those being executed. “The question is, have any of those that have been executed, been by mistake?” he offered. “The chances are pretty strong that they were.”
Kinsolving was most critical of capital punishment’s effectiveness. “Capital punishment shows how much we disapprove of of killing in cold blood, how? By killing in cold blood,” he argued. And does it work to deter future murder? “It never has,” he says.
Watch the full conversation below:
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