Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Death Penalty on Trial for Its Life: Day 2

Well, that was brief. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered Judge Kevin Fine to halt his hearing into the constitutionality of the Texas' death penalty. Story is here.

I repeat my position here for clarity. If I believed the death penalty could be implemented without executing the innocent, I would stand mute on the issue. However, given that it is obvious to me that innocent people have been executed, and given that it is likely innocent people will be executed, I oppose the death penalty and hope for its elimination.

Be not too downhearted, those of you who wished Judge Fine would bring an end to the death penalty. And be not too elated, those of you who hope that executions will proceed apace. The death penalty is an anachronism whose time will come.

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