This New York Times Editorial - "There is No Humane Execution" Should Be Required Reading For Everyone. Yes, Everyone.

This past Sunday, the New York Times responded to the horrific execution of Ken Biros by the State of Ohio last week.  Yes, where Biros was killed in the same way that your vet euthanizes dogs and cats.  Yes, where Ohio ran ahead and used a new method of execution that hasn't been vetted, allowing Biros to be a human guinea pig.

In a succinct, well-written opinion piece, the New York Times shares in the horror of what Ohio has done.  From its offices in Manhattan, the Times states it plainly:  "There is no Humane Execution." 

Of course, the editorial has its critics.  At Sentencing Law & Policy, for example, the New York Times piece is challenged -- most interestingly, for its suggestion that the Texas case of Cameron Todd Williamham is a fluke:  

"Finally, as serious students of the death penalty know, the Willingham case is the closest we've gotten to a clear showing an innocent person may have been executed; to suggest that a large number of innocent people have quite likely been put to death is especially misguided."

Really?  Currently on Death Row, a number of men set waiting to be executed, and the Innocence Project is monitoring this list.  Surely we're not to wait until they are killed before we have enough justification to stop capital punishment in this country. 

From our post dated 09/11/09, here are the names of the innocent setting on Death Row per the Innocence Project as of that day - visit our earlier post for links to each man's individual story, as told by the IP:

Kirk Bloodsworth

Rolando Cruz

Alejandro Hernandez

Verneal Jimerson

Dennis Williams

Robert Miller

Ron Williamson

Ronald Jones

Earl Washington

Frank Lee Smith

Charles Irvin Fain

Ray Krone

Nicholas Yarris

Ryan Matthews

Curtis McCarty

Kennedy Brewer

Michael Blair

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Joachim - December 17, 2009 2:03 PM
admin - December 18, 2009 1:40 PM

First, thanks for writing! And I believe that this post you're referencing is the post that I've linked the above phrase "Sentencing Law and Policy" in the third paragraph.
Merry Christmas!

Joachim - December 18, 2009 2:17 PM


yes, you're right.

I realized that you mentioned Doug Berman's blogpost after I wrote my comment :-(

Merry Christmas!


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