Thursday, September 21, 2006


An Interesting Perspective

The Shelbyville Times Gazette has been the home paper for two recent Tennessee near execution, of Daryl Holton and Gregory Thompson, and consequently has done a lot more coverage than most. There's a very interesting piece in today's edition, by Clint Confehr. For a taste:

Oh, yes, the legal system grinds along as competing interests argue whether death is a suitable punishment for some crimes, but there are a number of people who are affected by the adversarial system and whose daily lives are adjusted by the on-again, off-again nature of the death penalty system in America.

I have been one of them because it's my job to write news about the justice system and my assignment yesterday was to watch Holton die. I don't shirk the responsibility, but wouldn't do it if I didn't see it as part of the job.
It's an interesting piece and, I think, an issue that's often overlooked - the effect of executions on all the people involved, from prison guards, to witnesses, to general citizens, to Governors who have to sign death warrants.
Read the entire piece here.

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