July 30, 1995 in Nation/World

Men’s Rights Leader Decries Smith Sentence

The State, Columbia, S.C.

Soon after the Susan Smith verdict was announced, Hugh Nations Sr., vice president of the National Coalition of Free Men, a men’s right’s organization, called to complain.

“Susan Smith’s two sons may be dead, but sexist justice is alive and thriving in the U.S. today,” Nations said.

“Women commit about one-eighth of all homicides, yet they number only one-half of 1 percent of inmates on death row. Since 1976, when the death penalty was revived, we have executed hundreds of men, but only one woman - and she asked to be put to death….”

“If David Smith had drowned his two sons, he would have gotten the chair. We don’t hold woman as responsible as men in our criminal justice system,” Nations said.

He described himself as a lawyer and magazine publisher. He said his organization has membership in about half the states and several foreign countries.

Nations was not the only person to disagree with the sentence.

American Online announced Saturday that 96 percent of those responding to a query voted death for Smith.

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