Oklahoma senator pledges to abolish state's death penalty
BY MEGAN ROLLAND NewsOK.com
Thursday, October 11, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - Sen. Constance Johnson's told a gathering of religious leaders at the state Capitol that she had a decision to make when her brother was slain in 1981 on the Langston University campus.
“Before I could go forward, I had to forgive,” Johnson, D-Forest Park, said.
Although the man accused of her brother's murder was only in jail until the trial, Johnson said she didn't believe in the death penalty 31 years ago and she still doesn't.
Wednesday was a worldwide day of opposition to capital punishment, and an Oklahoma association of religious leaders presented a theological statement opposing the death penalty.
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