Sometimes You Just Can't Get A Break
Anti-death penalty activists suffered another devastating political blow today when they learned that another man put to death was actually guilty of the crimes for which he had been sentenced.
RICHMOND, Va. — Death penalty opponents said new DNA tests confirming the guilt of a murderer who was put to death in Virginia while still proclaiming his innocence will do nothing to end their fight to abolish capital punishment.
Their disappintment was unmistakable, but their enthusiasm that one day they will find an innocent man (or woman or womyn) that had been put to death for a crime he (or she or something in between) did not commit cannot be shaken.
Death penalty opponents have argued for years that the risk of a grave and irreversible mistake by the criminal justice system is too great to allow capital punishment. A finding of innocence in the Coleman case would have been explosive news and almost certainly would have had a powerful effect on the public's attitude toward the death penalty. But despite the finding of guilt, death penalty opponents insist the results do not mean capital punishment is infallible.
"Obviously, one case does not in any way reflect on the correctness of the other 1,000 executions we've had in the last 30 years," said Peter Neufeld, co-founder of the Innocence Project. "Other governors should take their lead from Governor Warner and do post-execution testing in their cases, because ... there's no reason not to — it's all about getting to the truth."
Solidarity to my brothers soft on crime. I'm rooting with you for the death of an innocent man.