Why should a person not be allowed to decide whether or not they wanted to proceed with the death penalty vs. accepting clemency? As long as the person is mentally competent, how is this any different than choosing not to pursue more chemotherapy and go on hospice, or deciding that one doesn't want dialysis, knowing the alternative is death? Just as those two patients might decide that the life gained is not worth the hassles and side effects, one could easily decide that life in prison was not worth it, especially if they had a religious background that gave them hope for an existence after death.The guy killed two people but he still should have the right to choose.Arguments about whether or not the death penalty should be given at all, or whether or not he is "taking the easy way out" are separate issues.
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