"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


"doubts keep piling up"

The Dallas Morning News editorial board has reversed its supoprt for the death penalty in our state. I never expected to see the day. The DMN is generally conservative.


"And that uncomfortable truth has led this editorial board to re-examine its century-old stance on the death penalty. This board has lost confidence that the state of Texas can guarantee that every inmate it executes is truly guilty of murder. We do not believe that any legal system devised by inherently flawed human beings can determine with moral certainty the guilt of every defendant convicted of murder."

"The state cannot impose death – an irrevocable sentence – with absolute certainty in all cases. Therefore the state should not impose it at all. "

I am opposed to the use of the death penalty, because I believe that when people start making decisions about who should live and who should die, we start trying to play God. The fact that we have an imperfect criminal justice system isn't the best reason to oppose the death penalty, but it's good enough.