Sunday, April 15, 2007

Death Losing Sting In Texas

This morning, the Dallas Morning News editorially renounced its 100 years of support for the death penalty. This is inspirational.

Impressive also is the reasoning behind the decision, that the State of Texas has shown it is not capable of reaching a judgment that can be trusted. The tagline of the article reads: "We cannot support a system that is both imperfect and irreversible."

The instances of crimes that resulted in incorrect arrests and convictions which I brought up yesterday in "Justice Comes to Dallas, Maybe Next the U.S." have given impetus to the reversal of that long-held stance.

As mentioned in that post here yesterday, the death penalty cannot be in any way justified in a system that commits such crimes against the innocent. False imprisonment takes away lives as it is, and again I give my thanks to Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins.

This moral improvement should be really inspirational to those who worked to elect the Democrats that November 7th's election put into power in Dallas' justice system. One of those is Tena at First Draft. Congratulations to you all.

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Blogger shrimplate said...

My objection to the death penalty is not that it is "cruel," but that it is "unusual," because it is irreversible.

I contrarily would hold, though, that as a medical treatment sometimes death is the only available option. For treatment of, say, serial-murdering psychopaths. Then "death by incarceration," as Mario Cuomo describes it, would get my support.

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