With an advisory amendment on the ballot this fall, death penalty opponents are ready to make their case to voters.
While in some respects it's being overshadowed by the Defense of Marriage Act or gay marriage amendment, voters will in fact be asked this fall whether or not they want the death penalty reinstated here. Sachin Chheda, campaign director for No Death Penalty Wisconsin, says members include the Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty along with groups like Amnesty International and the Wisconsin Council of Churches. There's really no organized pro-death penalty group, but polling indicates public support for the amendment; Chheda says that's because of the way the question is worded.
Chheda says coalition members hope the voters of Wisconsin will reject the amendment, and send a message to the Capitol that the death penalty is not needed here.