Legislature

State Representative Calls on Legislature to Eliminate Death Penalty in Louisiana

New Orleans Rep. Kyle Green has introduced a bill that would eliminate the death penalty for the offenses of first-degree murder, rape and treason. A lawyer himself, Green says his reasoning starts in one place.

“The death penalty is an irreversible sentence,” Green said. “That’s problem number one.”

Research has shown a surprising number of errors in the application of the death penalty. Since 1973, at least 185 cases of wrongful convictions and wrongful convictions have been uncovered in the United States.

“It just doesn’t sit well with me when we look at the history of the state and how we’ve seen many times that people who were sentenced to death were later exonerated,” he said.

The last execution in Louisiana was in 2010 when Gerald Bordelon dropped all appeals in order to receive a lethal injection. Bordelon kidnapped and killed his 12-year-old stepdaughter. He is the only person to have been executed in Louisiana since 2002. Green set aside similar legislation due to the pandemic in 2020 and says the issue deserves careful consideration by lawmakers.

“I think the odds are 50 to 50, to get him out, but I think that’s something that we as a state, as a legislative body, should consider,” he said. he declares. “Let it be something we want to keep.”

Louisiana is one of 24 states that still have capital punishment.