Morally, I'm OK with the concept of the death penalty. I believe there are
crimes for which there can be no forgiveness, no reparation. and no chance of rehabilitation. Do the crime, and you have forfeited your right to live.
Practically, I'm against
the death penalty because our so-called criminal justice system is a fraud, where the prosecutors can lie, cheat, fabricate evidence, all without risk, and where the incentives encourage them to do so. In such a system, people are regularly convicted of crimes they did not commit, only to have evidence turn up, such as this, that they were wrongfully convicted. Much of the time, these convictions are over-turned after the convict has served decades in prison; in some cases, the information comes too late, and the person has been executed.
There is NO
fit apology for executing a person because the prosecutor cheated to get a tough-on-crime conviction to improve his chances in the next election, or because a technician couldn't be bothered to actually do his/her job, and instead falsified evidence. I am increasingly of the opinion that when the cops and prosecutors knowingly convict an innocent, the appropriate punishment should be to give them the same punishment that the innocent suffered, up to and including years spent on death row, followed by a botched execution. Maybe then they'll understand why people are supposed to be treated as innocent until proven guilty in this country.
H/T +Lauren Weinstein