Executed man was innocent

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    Sep 01, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/opinion/01herbert.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
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    Sep 01, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    theatrengym saidhttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/opinion/01herbert.html?_r=1&ref=opinion


    It is human nature to look for fault in tragedy. Sometimes we just can't believe that something so seemingly insignificant, happenstance, and random can be responsible for such horror. This is the same reason that conspiracy theories continue to exist despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It behooves investigators and other scientists to remain as impartial as possible - though I would argue that true impartiality can never be achieved.
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    Sep 01, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    Pianist said
    theatrengym saidhttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/opinion/01herbert.html?_r=1&ref=opinion


    It is human nature to look for fault in tragedy. Sometimes we just can't believe that something so seemingly insignificant, happenstance, and random can be responsible for such horror. This is the same reason that conspiracy theories continue to exist despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It behooves investigators and other scientists to remain as impartial as possible - though I would argue that true impartiality can never be achieved.


    Which is why (I would argue) it also behooves us to be extremely cautious before deciding to execute anyone, if, indeed, we should ever do it. It's probably obvious that I think we never should.

    I do wish that everyone who supports the death penalty would be put on trial in a capital case, accused of a crime he didn't commit.
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    Sep 01, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
    No argument here.
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    Sep 02, 2009 12:13 AM GMT
    Pianist saidNo argument here.


    Oh, I know you agreed. I'm just responded in part to make it look like people are interested in this thread so perhaps more people will read it. This is a subject about which I have passionate feelings. I don't know why.
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    Sep 02, 2009 12:44 AM GMT
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    theatrengym saidThis is a subject about which I have passionate feelings. I don't know why.


    Because the state kills in your name, so innocent blood spills a little onto you.


    That is exactly how I feel, yes.
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    Sep 02, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    Well, it is Texas, after all. And there is no admission by the state of error. I doubt there ever will be. In the laws of Texas, he was legally executed. End of story. It is Texas, after all.