Tuesday, January 17, 2006
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.