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    He has also shown the same with medical practice.  People will die by medical mistake, without fail.   Yet we persist.

    Out of my cold dead hands

    by bluelaser2 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 01:11:08 PM PST

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    •  As I mentioned earlier (2+ / 0-)
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      Medical malpractice is, in the vast, vast majority of situations, truly accidental. Doctors do not intend to kill people. When they do, it's a very serious matter, but it's equivalent to the difference between murder and accidental manslaughter. Both are worthy of punishment, perhaps, but the former is almost incomprehensibly worse than the latter.

      And so it is here. No one is ever "accidentally" executed. Nobody goes onto death row to get a root canal and winds up with a lethal injection. The government has extensively argued that the person being executed has committed a crime to which the only appropriate response is death. That they believed they were correct is no excuse, any more than I would get (or deserve) leniency for murdering someone I wrongly believed was sleeping with my wife. "I'm sorry, your honor, but I think you reduce my sentence because I didn't realize he was a eunuch" is not a winning legal argument, nor should it be. If anything, it makes the whole mess all the more unforgivable.

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