Tag Archives: Capital punishment

A probably underappreciated act of courage.

James Holmes, who shot up an Aurora, Colorado movie theater a couple of years ago, escaped the death penalty this week. The jury could not unanimously agree that he should be executed. The jury hung because of one juror. One … Continue reading

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We failed him.

The first execution of 2015 happened on January 12. Georgia put to death a Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. He had no prior criminal record, and danced around the street yelling “Shoot me!” before pulling out a rifle and killing a … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on the death penalty.

I have written before about my opinions about capital punishment, namely that it is morally indefensible. It turns out that more and more people are agreeing with me, such as the state legislature of Maryland. Earlier this year, in a … Continue reading

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A Time To Kill?

The Mad Priest posted about the execution of Jeffrey Lundgren in Ohio this week. He asks three good questions, the last of which is “what good is killing anyone?” In my comment to his post, I said I could go … Continue reading

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Death and Madness

In a Houston courtroom a few days ago, Andrea Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning of her five children. Although many conservative bloggers were outraged by Yates’s “walking free,”* most people recognize the verdict … Continue reading

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