I'm not the biggest advocate in the world for abolishing any particular state's death penalty laws. I probably should be more concerned, but with everything else that is going on in this country and world...well, sometimes it's easier just not to think about some things.
I don't believe in the death penalty myself. Not in this day and age. Although I do get outraged by senseless crimes against children, and I've often thought that those found guilty of those particular crimes should be killed on the spot. But that's just frustration and emotion doing their jobs. When I calm down and really think about it, well...I just don't really feel that death as a punishment is something our government should condone.
And the biggest reason for feeling that way? What if they were wrong? They being the prosecution. What can be done when we put an innocent man or woman to death? How can we fix an absolute wrong?
Like I said, I usually don't think about these things. The death penalty was reinstated in New York in the mid-90's, but it was ruled unconstitutional in 2004. And no amount of worry on my part is going to change the mind of lawmakers in Texas or Florida or any of the dozens of states that currently use the death penalty as a punitive measure.
I don't think about it unless it happens to come up. And, while reading about Governer Rick Perry and his presidential bid, I came across the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. A man convicted of arson and the murder of his children back in 1992. Willingham was tried, convicted and eventually put to death in Texas in 2004. One of the 234 executions that have been carried out during Governer Perry's tenure in Texas.
What if they were wrong?
It's a long article, but a chilling one. Do yourself a favor. Take 15 minutes out of your life to read that, then think about how it was possible for a government to put this man to death. What if they were wrong? What if they didn't care that they were wrong?
It's depressing as all hell...
PS - This isn't really about Rick Perry's candidacy. I don't really have an opinion on him yet, or not an opinion I feel like sharing as of yet. It's just something that came when I was reading about him.