Memo to death penalty supporters…
Read the article “Trial by fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man” in this week’s New Yorker magazine by author David Grann. Afterwards, please explain again to the rest of us exactly how it is that we should not have any worries about the ultimate nightmare of wrongful executions because of all the “due process” that accused murderers receive.
The truth that this article (and yesterday’s news from Winston-Salem about Joseph Abbitt) reinforces once more is that while most convicted of murder (and other crimes) are certainly guilty, even the best-intentioned prosecutors, investigators, witnesses and jurors make mistakes – sometimes in cases that seem open and shut.
And as long as we have the death penalty and trust its application to humans, we are certain to have more cases like that of Cameron Todd Willingham in which almost assuredly innocent humans are murdered by the state in all of our names.
Sleep tight everyone.