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More on the death penalty


Expanding on some of the themes hit in my letter to the Sun-Sentinel, E.G., over at the Democracy in America blog at The Economist, takes a look at the political calculus on capital punishment. I encourage everyone to check it out. The main takeaway:


There can’t be any greater miscarriage of justice than the execution of an innocent person. That prospect is so awful that it’s worth dismantling the entire system in order to preclude it. If nothing else, you would think that capital-punishment supporters would be reluctant to give their opponents the ammunition. But the problem may be precisely that these cases aren’t sufficient ammunition for the opposition. This might be an issue where people need to get their own thoughts straight before they have any chance of pushing politicians to a more temperate perspective.

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