death penalty link of the day
From the New York Times:
A prosecutor was trying to block a death row inmate from having his conviction reopened on the basis of new evidence, and Judge [Laura Denvir] Stith, of the Missouri Supreme Court, was getting exasperated. "Are you suggesting," she asked the prosecutor, that "even if we find Mr. Amrine is actually innocent, he should be executed?"
Frank A. Jung, an assistant state attorney general, replied, "That's correct, your honor."
That exchange was, legal experts say, unusual only for its frankness.
After a trial and appeal, many prosecutors say, new evidence of claimed innocence should generally not be considered by the courts.
It may surprise a lot of people to know that I'm not reflexively against the death penalty. I believe, for example, that serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are appropriate candidates for execution, as they're always going to pose a threat to society. But--considering that opposition ot the death penalty does embrace alternatives like life in prison with no opportunity for parole--the question for death penalty supporters is, exactly how many innocent people is it acceptable to execute? I've yet to hear a satisfactory answer to this question.
(via lots of people, including SixDifferentWays)