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Poll Results: Should Accused Terrorist Live?

First Responders to the truck ramming in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 by an ISIS supporter
First responders to the truck ramming in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 by an ISIS supporter (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Sayfullo Saipov is accused of mowing down eight people with a rented van on the Hudson River bike path last Halloween in an Islamist terror attack.

Last week we reported that Saipov, a 29-year-old ISIS supporter, is willing to plead guilty in exchange for not receiving the death penalty. He originally pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

A guilty plea would mean that a lengthy trial would be avoided, saving both cost to the government and emotional turmoil to the victims.

We asked our readers if they thought the government should accept a guilty plea from an accused terrorist in exchange for not issuing the death penalty.

Here are the results of our poll:

  • 22.4 percent said it is worth sparing the victims the trauma of testifying as well as the money saved by the government
  • 77.6 percent disagreed, saying justice is justice, and it should be played out in court

Here are some of the comments we received:

He deserves to die. How much more will it cost to keep him in our prison system?

He should be legally prohibited from ever obtaining parole or release of any kind and be held in solitary confinement.

He will only radicalize more inmates in prison, and the cost of keeping him locked up for the rest of his life will be more than the cost of the trial. Efforts to minimize the trauma of the victims should be made, but we need to be willing to carry out the death penalty when he is found guilty.

He would like the opportunity to continue to terrorize wherever and whenever he can. He has no remorse. Death.

He should remain in solitary confinement so that he couldn’t spread his evil ideals and recruit more terrorists.

 

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