I oppose the death penalty, but for different reasons than articulated by the pope. There is a man, Joseph Duncan, on death row in Idaho, and in my opinion, allowing this man to draw another breathe is wrong. he slaughtered an entire family so that he could kidnap and rape a young girl, but he was caught when the little girl escaped at a truck stop, and bystanders notified police. That Duncan did those murders is beyond question, and I have zero problems with his execution. My reasons for opposing the death penalty is that not every case is as cut and dried as this one is, and the fact that innocent people are being executed unjustly, is without question. The Innocence Project by itself, has freed almost 200 wrongly convicted people from either death row, or from life sentences, and that is only one such organizations. People who study and run prisons will readily admit that something in the vicinity of 10 of the people in prison are innocent of the crime that they are in prison for, so the real question is: how many innocent people have been unjustly executed in the US? And that is reason enough to stop executions.