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December 13, 2005

The death penalty debate continues on...

Though the execution of Stanley Williams and Schwarzenegger's denial of clemency have garnered plenty of media attention, the Chicago Tribune in this article asks the question: "Will execution move the debate?" 

My partial answer can be found in this post and perhaps through my comments on Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning show today.  Also, Will Baude at Crescat has these interesting thoughts about some aspects of modern death debates.  Relatedly, though there are now lots of post-execution stories of interest, I find the headlines of these two articles especially notable (and telling?): "Pope, many Europeans express outrage over execution of 'Tookie' Williams" and "Los Angeles 'quiet' after Williams execution."

I also find especially interesting that the blogosphere — as evidenced by posts at Volokh, TalkLeft, and Crime & Federalism — seems ready and eager to move the debate to another (questionable?) death sentence.

December 13, 2005 at 05:33 PM | Permalink

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