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Texan “Monster” Not Guilty?

10.15.09

Another execution in Texas.

And another murky question as to the possible innocence of the condemned.

I don’t know a thing about this case.  I hadn’t heard about it until I read this article.  The governor clearly has no doubts in his mind as to the guilt of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted of killing his children by setting their house on fire while they were trapped inside.

There’s no way for me to know this man’s guilt.  There are political issues involved regarding Tex. Gov. Rick Perry changing out a panel just before they were to review a report that shed some doubts about the science used to convict Willingham of arson, the charge that pushed him into the realm of getting the death penalty.

There’s a chance that certain evidence could end up exonerating Willingham of the murders.  The case is essentially still be investigated AFTER the suspect has already been executed for the crimes.  That’s what you can expect when you have the government in the business of murdering citizens.

Luckily, there’s a really easy way to avoid all of this: abolish the death penalty.  At least if someone is wrongfully incarcerated and new evidence clears his or her name, that person can be set free.  But, once you plunge those toxins into someone’s body, there’s no turning back.

The truth is, it doesn’t matter if Willingham was guilty or not.  There shouldn’t be a death penalty.  Executing a man as disturbed as one would have to be to murder his own children by burning down his own home won’t do a thing to deter other equally disturbed people from doing such horrible acts.

It’s insane that we still have the death penalty.  For being so advanced and civilized, we sure do like to stick to our barbaric roots.

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