Largely because the state of Georgia may have killed an innocent man based on horribly unreliable eyewitness testimony.
I am pleased the debate is being heard once again.
Check it out:
Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Truthout
David Swanson, War Is a Crime
E.J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post Writers Group
We know the facts of the death penalty. I've demonstrated them clearly in my state.
Now it is up to people in power to do something about it.
This is a failed policy based on flawed logic and not at all informed by scientific evidence.
It does not reduce crime.
It does not bring closure to victims' families.
It does not provide justice for society.
It is a slow and expensive process that costs more than life imprisonment.
It is racially biased.
And it is prone to serious error.
Yet we cling to it out of simple tradition. The time has come for a new tradition. And I welcome it.