Stayin’ Alive Open Thread

Hat Tip to Jeralyn at TalkLeft

A judge in Texas has ruled the state’s death penalty is unconstitutional because of the risk innocent people will be texecuted. He believes it’s already happened.

“Based on the moratorium (on the death penalty) in Illinois, the Innocence Project and more than 200 people being exonerated nationwide, it can only be concluded that innocent people have been executed,” state District Judge Kevin Fine said. “It’s safe to assume we execute innocent people.”

Fine said trial level judges are gatekeepers of society’s standard for decency and fairness. “Are you willing to have your brother, your father, your mother be the sacrificial lamb, to be the innocent person executed so that we can have a death penalty so that we can execute those who are deserving of the death penalty?” he said. “I don’t think society’s mindset is that way now.”


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    • Edger on March 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    it is Texas, so who knows how long this will last?

  1. We have murdered innocent people.

  2. When you said, “Maybe the universe, being smarter than me, conspired to make that not a typo”, were you referring to using the word “texecuted” in your diary or “Om” instead on “On” in your opening comment?

    Or was it both?

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