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  •  They are all tragedies. (5+ / 0-)

    I have a wonderful friend (and former SO) who has devoted his career to representing CA death row inmates. Bob taught me a lot more about the people who end up with those sentences than I already knew.

    Since then I was able to see "Coyote on a Fence," a remarkable play on the realities of a death row prison, including the guards dealing with their psychological disturbances.

    It firmly reinforced my secondary issue with this practice. The people who ultimately kill a human that is restrained and unable to defend themselves are left to deal with the psychological burden.  It is no small problem. Normal humans do not want to kill other humans. Military training has to overcome that reluctance. The police have to deal with it. However small the number of volunteers that are involved in the executions, it is too many. It is wrong that they are put in a position to do it.

    My challenge to any jury deliberating a death sentence is:
    Would you personally be willing to deliver the fatal drug?

    The emerging knowledge from PET scans and neurobiology/behavior studies is clearly destroying all the reasons for this barbaric concept.

    It is the sickest, most depraved part of our oxymoronic 'criminal justice' system.

    Too much sanity may be madness. The maddest of all is to see the world as it is and not as it should be. Don Quixote "Man of La Mancha"

    by Ginny in CO on Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 06:10:43 PM PDT

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