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.
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:
Frank Lee Smith
Charles Irvin Fain