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. …