"Our country seems to be able to come to the right conclusions over

time, even when we're being told over and over again that we're wrong."


"The use of DNA evidence to clear prisoners from murder charges proves that we need to
be more careful handing out death sentences. Scientific studies have shown that the death
penalty deters murders."

Thompson is a strong supporter of the death penalty. In 1996, he voted for a bill to limit
death penalty appeals. He would impose the death penalty for certain federal crimes.

"I support imposing the death penalty for certain federal crimes including civil rights murders,
rape and child molestation murders, death resulting from drive-by shootings or carjacking, and
murder of court officers or federal witnesses."