I found the letters regarding lethal injection ("Simple fix for execution problem," "Inmates deserve torturous death" and "Lethal injection is humane enough," April 28) most chilling for my morning reading. One writer cites old Mosaic law, "an eye for an eye" to justify killing 600 people to save money. Another refers to the "Almighty" and advocates stoning as an alternative. Last time I checked my New Testament, an "eye for an eye" was replaced by "Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you." If we claim to be a nation "under God," aren't we called to a higher morality?
After they "free up 600 cells" to save money, should the government next clean out nursing homes and psychiatric facilities? Label it "Compassionate conservatism in action" to make it sound better.
We have one of the best justice systems in the world, but it is not perfect. Rich or famous defendants can get off with ridiculous claims or arguments, while an innocent poor man gets the fast lane to the death house. Exonerations by DNA and other evidence are all too frequent. We can release a wrongly convicted inmate; can doctors resurrect one wrongly executed?
With few exceptions, I'd rather see 600 inmates jailed for life than have one innocent man executed.
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