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  •  Thank you. The other price of the (11+ / 0-)

    death penalty is to the people who actually have to carry it out. Death impacts the human psyche as much as birth. Phenomenal play that explores this is Coyote on a Fence.  The guards who know the prisoners and have been involved in their lives, appeals, etc. for years are affected, no matter how much they believe in the concept.

    Have a friend and former SO who has devoted his law practice to CA death row inmates for 2 decades. He explained that the one thing they have in common is 'layers of abuse, like an onion.'  One high profile case he is still working on is a guy whose mental capacity is very difficult to pinpoint. They have new evaluations and tests that may disqualify him for execution.

    Maybe a decade ago, when one lost his last appeal, he requested being allowed to go to the Native spiritual room at some point before the execution. This was denied because of the distance to where it had been built and potential for something to go wrong.

    The inmate was a paraplegic, confined to a wheel chair.

    Is that really worth the revenge of the death penalty?
    Spot on.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sun May 05, 2013 at 08:18:19 PM PDT

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