Monday, August 08, 2005

Spinning Capital Punishment

Justice John Paul Stevens gave a speech this weekend where he opined that there are "serious flaws" in the capital punishment system of the various states of the U.S. A look at the recent cases of death row inmates being exonerated gives an idea of the scope of the problem. But leave it to a death penalty supporter to spin this in a positive light: Kent Scheidegger, the legal director of the pro-death penalty Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, noting that he believes only 20 or 30 innocent people have been exonerated off death row, stated "I wouldn't say that 20 or 30 cases out of 8,000 constitutes a broken system." Yeah right. Tell that to the innocent person awaiting execution.


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