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February 23, 2006

Editorials and commentary about Morales case

In addition to all the capital headlines I assembled here, this morning's papers have a lot of interesting editorials and commentary prompted by California's struggles to kill Michael Morales (background here and here).

From the San Jose Mercury News: "The nature of the death penalty obligates the state to put every aspect of the process under a microscope "

From the Los Angeles Times: "Like the crimes for which it is a punishment, the death penalty is an affront to civilized society.  It should not be reformed — it should be abolished."

And I especially liked two commentaries from the San Francisco Chronicle that highlight the paradox of heightened concerned about protocols: one notes that "any debate over what's inhumane about the death penalty ought to be about the death part.  Isn't the death itself a bit more critical, ethically speaking, than the manner in which the death is brought about?"; and another says it "is a sure sign of a society's decline when the governing elite care more about how things are done than what they do."

February 23, 2006 at 07:32 AM | Permalink


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Glad to see some folks on the left agreeing that all this hand-wringing over whether a murderer feels some pain is ridiculous.

As for the death penalty itself, nothing has changed. The arguments of any substance for and against are the same as they were before.

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Feb 23, 2006 10:51:54 AM

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