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John Muhammad and the death penalty

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Nov. 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
November 12, 2009 10:43 am

For me, capital punishment is a very tough issue. I don’t like the idea. It’s got a very ugly history. Over the centuries, the death penalty has been commonly used as a form of state terror (e.g., crucifixion). In this country, it’s often been used disproportionately against blacks.

Then you look at particularly evil real-life criminals, like John Allen Muhammad’s cold-blooded murders of at least 10 utterly innocent human beings. He apparently began his murder spree in Tacoma by shooting 21-year-old Keenya Cook when she answered the door of her aunt’s home. Psychopaths like him complicate the abstract discussion. I won’t be holding a candle outside the prison where he’s executed, possibly tonight.

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