Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Death penalty

Deborah Saunders explains why there should be a death penalty option:

To believe Allen is to choose blindness. Why not declare a moratorium on the death penalty so a commission can explore it? There already is a moratorium -- it's called the appeals process. When it takes more than two decades to carry out a sentence, a moratorium is redundant.
Besides, if executing after "the lapse of many years after imposition of a death judgment renders an execution cruel and unusual" -- as Allen's lawyers argue -- then a moratorium is cruel punishment. Hence, good people should oppose it.


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