June 23, 2013
Hickey changes mind on death penalty, drafts repeal bill for South Dakota
As I tweeted yesterday, this morning I gave a message in my Hot Potatoes series explaining why I changed my mind on the death penalty and why I have asked the Legislative Research Council to draft a bill repealing the death penalty in South Dakota.
Regular readers here and those who know me know that for many, many years I have been quite settled in my pro-death penalty stance and was able to defend it, even Biblically. Obviously, I have done an about face on the issue and for good reason. If you are interested to hear what changed my mind and you have 48 minutes, you can listen to that message here. I talk about the repeal bill at the very end. If that mp3 file doesn't come up, it's available here for streaming or downloading: 2013-06-23 Hot Potatoes: If God Relents, Why Wouldn't We?
I'm heading out of town today but will turn on the comments without moderation and hope for some thoughtful dialog. It's time to revisit this issue in our state and there is ample time between now and the January 2014 session to do so.