Tahlequah Daily Press

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May 7, 2014

Death penalty inhumane

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

Maybe the botched execution of a fellow human being is enough to get us to think about why we deliberately kill in the name of “justice.” Maybe the image of person convulsing in pain is enough to wake us up.

It is time to end the horrible practice of capital punishment. It is not moral. It is impractical. Can we ever be certain that this condemned man, or woman or child, has really committed the crime we think they did?

The history of wrongly convicted people, released from prison or even from death row, shows that our justice system can make terrible mistakes. How many mistaken executions are sufficient to cause us to end capital punishment?

Capital punishment is also costly. It costs much more than lifetime imprisonment. It is not a deterrent to crime. It is not humane. Let’s quit doing this.

George Fulk


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