Why I’ve withdrawn my support for the death penalty.

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For nearly the first forty-five years of my life, I believed in the death penalty.

Some things—child rape, premeditated murder, terrorism, serial rape and the trafficking of certain drugs in massive quantities—were simply so horrible and corrosive to society that only death was a fitting punishment.

In fact, it’s only been a few months since is circulated a petition to replace lethal injection with nitrogen suffocation or a firing-squad.

This was, of course, predicated upon the notion of a fair system, clean policing and the absence of any Augustinian sins on the part of anyone involved in the legal process. That is to say, total shit. A steaming truckload of it, to be blunt.

I had realized that problems existed within certain states’ legal systems, in the Lone Star State’s. I had even been aware that an innocent man, Cameron Todd Willingham, had been executed, but believed it to be…

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From the Baldwin Hills looking down from about the same perspective as the cover of Colder Case

The Village Green in 1943.

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North Carolina brothers pardoned, including one on death row for 3 decades


RALEIGH, N.C. — Two brothers, one of whom spent three decades on death row, were pardoned Thursday in the 1983 rape and killing of a girl, clearing the way for them to receive $750,000 in compensation from the state.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s pardons for Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown were issued after a judge vacated their convictions and ordered their release in September. The judge cited new DNA evidence that points to another man killing and raping 11-year-old Sabrina Buie.

Defense attorneys say the brothers were scared teenagers who had low IQs when they were questioned by police and coerced into confessing. McCollum was then 19, and Brown was 15.

Read more: WTVD

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Scalia’s perfect capital-punishment case falls apart | MSNBC


via Scalia’s perfect capital-punishment case falls apart | MSNBC.

The lethal injection chamber of the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls on Oct. 9, 2012. Photo by Amber Hunt/AP

Scalia’s perfect capital-punishment case falls apart

06/05/15 By Steve Benen

A little over two decades ago, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was dismissive of then-Justice Harry Blackmun’s concerns about the death penalty. In fact, Scalia had a case study in mind that demonstrated exactly why the system of capital punishment has value.
As regular readers may recall, Scalia specifically pointed to a convicted killer named Henry Lee McCollum as an obvious example of a man who deserved to be put to death. “For example, the case of an 11-year-old girl raped by four men and then killed by stuffing her panties down her throat,” Scalia wrote in a 1994 ruling. “How enviable a quiet death by lethal injection compared…

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Undertaker describes tending to bodies of executed people

An angle most people have likely never considered. I know I didn’t think of this.

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Suhendro Putro. Photo source: Daily Telegraph

How did I feel? Of course I was sad … we and they knew what day it was going to happen, only not the time. We were all sad, but what could we do? – Undertaker Suhendro Putro

Cilacap (ABC News/ Louise Milligan): Across the water in the town of Cilacap, the Christian undertaker who will provide the coffins for the executions spoke to 7.30.

Suhendro Putro will also bathe the bodies of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran after they are executed. He keeps his coffins in a small back room behind the church in central Cilacap.

Six weeks ago, Mr Putro prepared the caskets and tended to the bodies of the last six drug traffickers executed at Nusakambangan by Indonesia.

He was summoned by text message to a meeting point at 9:00pm (local time) on the night of the execution and at 10:00pm was…

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