Edwards and Landry square off on death penalty

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB) – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued the following letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday, concerning the governor’s stance on the death penalty:

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Below is the response from Richard Carbo, spokesman for Gov. Edwards:

“We have received the latest letter from the Attorney General. We are pleased that he has conceded that current law, not the governor, is standing in the way of the state resuming executions, which have been on hold since 2010. Quitting the very lawsuit that was meant to bring justice for these families was never the answer, so his commitment to re-engage is welcome news. In the 211 days the legislature has been in regular session since 2016, the attorney general has not offered a single bill. We will review his suggestions and hope to re-start a constructive dialogue. In the future, it is our hope that we can handle process disagreements person-to-person rather than through the media.”

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