Texas Justice

Certainly not dispositive, but a second execution in Texas has been called into question.  To be fair, this guy is not a saint, but he could not have been put to death under Texas law because the only other evidence that he was the murderer was accomplice testimony

The more damning case is, of course, the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham.   If you haven’t read the New Yorker article, you really should. 

I don’t support the death penalty for a variety of vaguely outlined moral reasons.  (Admittedly, I’m willing to entertain exceptions, such as the capture of Hitler, etc.)  But my biggest issue is that I don’t trust the legal system enough to give the government the ultimate power, the right to kill individuals.

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About Connie Stinson

Connie Stinson is a lawyer/talk show host who dabbles in the arts of strained analogies, forced humor, and poor spelling. In his spare time Mr. Stinson enjoys charcoal BBQ, as well as any and all things related to humor. He is currently working on his second book, "Look at You, You're a Mountain: A Retrospective On Hogs and the Men Who Love Them."
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2 Responses to Texas Justice

  1. Mola Ram says:

    I remember reading and hearing about the Willingham case. I read the New Yorker article last night. Absolutely chilling (and almost storybook tragic in that Gilbert was paralyzed and couldn’t attend his execution).

    I share your view, Connie, on the most serious problem with the death penalty: the incapability of the legal system to fully ensure that an innocent person is NEVER executed. I consider that outcome entirely unacceptable in our modern world. Clearly not everyone shares that outlook, even if everyone claims it.

  2. Mola Ram says:

    Along these lines, I suggest we read the following book in the near future.

    http://www.amazon.com/Satanic-Panic-Creation-Contemporary-Legend/dp/081269192X

    From Library Journal:
    Victor relies heavily upon the theories of social behavior and urban legends to explore and explain the “rumors, claims, and allegations” about Satanic cult crime in American society. Helpfully, he uses a language that renders the theories understandable to the lay reader, thus clearing away the psychological and linguistic smoke screen that usually accompanies the idea of Satanism. Along with his clear, well-researched analysis, Victor ( Human Sexuality , 1980) provides the reader with several appendixes, including an excellent bibliography and names and addresses of professionals who can be contacted for help. Parents, school administrators, police, and psychotherapists will find this a valuable tool as they investigate the underlying motivations of the Satanic panic in America. It should be made available to balance the one-sided, hysteria-driven production of books created by Satanic “experts” and “survivors.”– John B. Wright, Brigham Young Univ. , Provo, Utah
    Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Product Description:
    “Sociologist Victor began his involvement with satanic-cult phenomena by investigating a local panic centered in southwestern New York state. After an introductory section, his book begins with a description of this research, then proceeds with an excellent general review of recent fear about satanic cults in the U.S. He concludes that there is no evidence for the actual existence of organized satanic cults”. — Choice

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