Tony Knowles on Crime
2004 former Democratic Challenger for Senate (AK; previously served as Governor)
Perhaps they didn’t discuss the death penalty in their formal meetings, but there was no question that the death penalty was on the “informal” agenda that weekend. About 75 abolitionists made it the issue on Saturday night, when the governors held their “Night under the stars,” street party in downtown State College, PA. We gathered at the end of the street, and we were very hard to miss with the banners provided by CUADP. Amazingly, we were allowed to mingle with the partygoers. The only governor I met was Governor Knowles from Alaska, who thanked me specifically for our presence and the work that we are doing. (AK has no death penalty!)
KNOWLES: Just like I did as governor, I’ll bring all parties together to figure out a way to reform the system while still protecting everyone’s right to their day in court. Take the most famous case in Alaska history, the Exxon Valdez damages. The 32,000 injured Alaska private property owners, fishermen and Native villagers deserve their day in court.
MURKOWSKI: Limiting liability by capping non-economic damages is necessary to reduce medical costs. In Alaska, two of our four liability insurers left the state in the past year because of large liability damage awards. The result is higher insurance rates for doctors and higher rates for patients. If the trend continues, the ability for patients to access a doctor will decrease.
Abolitionists received a different response from Alaska Governor Tony Knowles who crossed the street to thank the demonstrators for being present and to indicate his support for abolition of the death penalty in United States.
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