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April 29, 2006

A couple of compelling capital commentaries

Two great commentaries about capital cases in the news are available on-line this weekend:

  • Commenting on the Hill lethal injection case, Ronald Bailey at Reason has this piece, "Killing Me Softly: Is putting down a murderer cruel and unusual?"  Here are some potent quotes: "I frankly do not care if pre-meditated murderers experience a few moments of pain on their way to well-deserved oblivion.... As harsh as it sounds, if lethal injection is good enough to end the suffering of a beloved pet, it's probably too good for a pre-meditated murderer."
  • Commenting on the on-going Moussaoui case, Howard Bashman at law.com has this thoughtful analysis entitled "Considering a Likely Appeal in the Moussaoui Case." Here is Howard's great closing line: "Whether Moussaoui is crazy or crazy like a fox may never be definitively resolved, but any appeal that follows Moussaoui's sentencing could prove to be almost as fascinating as the events that preceded it in the trial court."

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