Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Spare us the needle


This week’s column in the Waukesha Freeman revisits the death penalty, specifically Florida’s moratorium on death via lethal injection.

It was like something out of a Hitchcock nightmare. He was strapped to a gurney and unable to speak to tell anyone something was terribly wrong. The pain he was not supposed to be feeling was very real. And a room full of people watched it happen.

Too many believe that the needle is a quick and clean way of ridding society of its worst murderers. But there is no clean way for the state to kill, and we should stop pretending that there is.

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