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Executions always garner attention nationwide, and are almost always up for debate by the public. Many feel that, no matter what a person has done, they should not be executed for their crimes, since "an eye for an eye" has been proven not to work. Others, however, feel, that the same "eye for an eye" principle should still be upheld.

While executions in this country are always publicized, cases in which the condemned is a female garner even more interest. Since the death penalty was reinstated in the country, back in 1976, only 14 women have been executed. While New York does not have the death penalty, women are on death row in states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona. Each year, Texas carries out more death sentences than any other state in the country.

Many juries are still somewhat reluctant to execute women, mainly since women are typically seen as far less violent, and therefore somewhat less culpable for violent crime than a man.

Tonight, a woman in Texas was executed for a murder that took place in the late 1990s. Suzanne Basso, who is actually a native of upstate New York, was executed tonight for murdering a mentally impaired man. She had apparently committed the murder to gain insurance money from the man. Five others were convicted in the crime.

What do you think of the death penalty? Do you think women who commit violent crimes should be sentenced to death, as most men would be?

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