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Phil Bredesen on Crime

Democratic TN Governor

 


Supports the death penalty

Supporting the death penalty: I believe alleged criminals are entitled to due process under the law and I support lawful executions to punish the most violent offenders.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial website, bredesen.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

Haley's Law: new criminal offenses on child abuse

Governor Phil Bredesen today joined Tennessee legislators at the Childhelp USA Children's Center in Knoxville, where he signed Senate Bill 504, also known as "Haley's Law."

The law, which creates new criminal offenses and enhances existing penalties for offenses against children, is named in honor of Haley Spicer, a child abuse survivor.

"This legislation allows Tennessee to take the next step in protecting our state's greatest resource and most innocent citizens--our children," Bredesen said.

Source: Press release on Tennessee voting record SB504 , Aug 2, 2005

Supports fair and accurate executions

Phil believes execution is the appropriate punishment for certain crimes. As governor, Phil will not stand in the way of lawful executions in Tennessee, but when government has the authority to take someone’s life, Phil knows that government must do everything possible to assure that the right person is convicted and the legal process is fully and fairly exhausted.
Source: 2002 Gubernatorial site, Bredesen.com, “Death Penalty” , Oct 17, 2002

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