Another holiday season--and only a year after the last one. How did that happen?
"Our capital system is haunted by the demon of error," Illinois Governor
George Ryan said on January 11, clearing his state's death row as his
final act of office.
1. It is morally reprehensible to take a life, and it is especially reprehensible for the state to do so.
The essential case for the abolition of capital punishment has long been complete, whether it is argued as an overdue penal reform, as a shield against the arbitrary and the irreparable or as part of the case against "big government."
Capital punishment will be one of the defining issues of the coming year.
A stay of execution was issued October 26.
Angela Y. Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker