PHOENIX – Kyrsten Sinema continues to resist calls for the release of her client list from her time as a criminal defense attorney as evidence continues to mount that her positions on crime and punishment are far outside the mainstream.
Sinema in 2007 introduced legislation to repeal the death penalty in Arizona. (48th Legislature, HB 2278, death penalty; repeal; natural life.)
Had Sinema’s bill become law cop-killers and violent sexual predators would no longer be subject to capital punishment. Under Sinema’s legislation, notorious Arizona criminals such as “Serial Shooter” Dale Hausner and “Baseline Killer” Mark Goudeau would have their lives spared, while their victims and their families would be left without justice.
“Once again, Kyrsten Sinema’s legislative record demonstrates just how extreme her positions on crime and punishment are,” said Tom Morrissey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “Arizona families deserve someone who will fight to keep us safe, not carry water for violent killers.”
While Gallup polling indicates that over 60 percent of Americans support the death penalty for a person convicted of murder, Sinema in her legislative bios touted her membership on the advisory board for the Arizona Death Penalty Forum, an organization that advocates for an end to capital punishment.
“Sinema is so far out of the mainstream on issues of justice that even a committed anti-death penalty Massachusetts liberal like John Kerry doesn’t agree with her,” concluded Morrissey.
Former Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry said in 2002 that he would support the death penalty for terrorists after previously supporting exempting terrorists from capital punishment.