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Penalty of death?

The debate over execution for Naeem Williams for killing his daughter prompts a deeper look into Hawaii’s longstanding death-penalty ban

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2014

~~<p>Hawaii's opposition to the death penalty was enacted in law only a few years before it became a state. But it arose from a basic mistrust, originating decades earlier, that government justice can be fair to all the people in its multicultural society.</p>
<p>The case of Naeem Williams, the former Schofield Barracks convicted of murdering his 5-year-old daughter, is only the latest of a series of U.S. District Court trials in which the federal prosecutors sought capital punishment. On Friday, the jury sentenced Williams to life in prison; jurors polled afterward said they could not unanimously agree on the death-penalty option.</p>
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Hawaii's opposition to the death penalty was enacted in law only a few years before it became a state. But it arose from a basic mistrust, originating decades earlier, that government justice can be fair to all the people in its multicultural society.

The case of Naeem Williams, the former Schofield Barracks convicted of murdering his 5-year-old daughter, is only the latest of a series of U.S. District Court trials in which the federal prosecutors sought capital punishment. On Friday, the jury sentenced Williams to life in prison; jurors polled afterward said they could not unanimously agree on the death-penalty option. Login for more...



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