Thursday, December 15, 2005

Exonerations in VA

It may come as no surprise that I am against the death penalty (driven by my religious convictions). But this recent news should give anyone pause.

Two rape convictions were overturned after newly-discovered DNA evidence revealed that the men were innocent. Between the two, they had spent nearly 3 decades in prison. In all, the DNA review of several dozen cases revealed an error rate of 7 percent. Hell, GM makes cars with an error rate well below that.

Does this mean that our criminal justice system needs to be perfect? Of course not. But when we are talking about taking a life, executing someone, well, then, yes, it does need to be perfect. And, clearly, we aren't. It's well past time for a moratorium.

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