Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wrong man was executed in Texas. (Wasn't the first time, won't be the last unless ... )

Wrong man was executed in Texas, probe says - Yahoo! News

He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found.
Most effective way to not impose the death penalty on people who are not guilty? Take it off the table. If we don't try to execute people, we don't have to be worried about accidentally executing the wrong guy.

If you're not worried about executing the wrong people, you are part of the problem. If, in addition to thinking the odd unjust execution every decade or so is worth being able to execute people who are properly convicted, and you have ever been concerned about "government takeovers" of health care, death panels, or fear you are losing your liberty and we need to "restore the Constitution," then I'm really worried about your mental health.

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