Tag Archives: Death penalty

The Death Penalty, Incremental Progress on the Avenue of Criminals, and Net Injustice

Responding to the Troy Davis execution, Ross Douthat does what he does best, offering an overthought response that manages to “raise a point” without actually addressing the central issue in the argument. Maybe that’s useful on some topics, but not really here. The argument: the death penalty, because it’s so terrible, generates justice by inspiring […]

A Few Quick Notes on the Death Penalty

Wednesday drew to a close the life of Troy Davis, along with his twenty-year fight to prove his innocence. But we should pick up his larger battle — to end the death penalty in the remaining of the United States. I never followed Mr. Davis’ case, and consequentially, won’t speculate on his guilt or innocence. […]

This Actually Happened

The Republican audience, reminded of the 234 individuals executed during Rick Perry’s tenure as Texas governor, actually applauded: This doesn’t strike me as a pro- or anti-death penalty issue. It’s one of basic human decency. Punishment — any punishment — isn’t a joyful answer to crime. It’s one to be dispensed solemnly, with cognizance that another’s […]

AEDPA & Troy Davis: The Death Penalty, Actual Innocence, and Federal Deference

There are few political footballs that’ve been kicked around more, and with greater reprecussions, than the writ of habeas corpus. The “great writ,” of course, traces its origin to the Magna Carta — “no free man shall be taken, imprisoned … or any other wise destroyed … but by lawful judgment of his Peers” — […]

About Time

I love Congressman Barney Frank’s response to this “concerned citizen” — But I admit that I’m not sure if it’s the “right” response. Indeed, none of the proposed strategies I’ve heard for dealing with screeching, irrational mobs seem the best option. As has been the case for centuries, the vocal, boorishly irrational always put intelligent […]

New Mexico Does the Right Thing: Repeals Death Penalty

Last night, New Mexico Governor, Bill Richardson, signed into law legislation that repeals the death penalty in the state, effective July 1, 2009. New Mexico is now one of 15 states (and D.C.) without the death penalty.  Here is what Richardson said: This has been the most difficult decision of my political career. Understandable because […]