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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Wednesday 26 January 2005

Just a question of perspective ...

... is it better that one guilty man go free, or that one innocent man be executed in error? This Ohio case has dragged on for 18 years; now a federal appeals court in Ohio, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, has ruled that a convicted murderer must be retried within 90 days or set free, and in their judgement declared: "Because constitutional errors have undermined our confidence in the reliability of Richey's conviction and sentence, we reverse the decision."

I have to 'fess up. I am against the use of capital punishment, which I consider merely state-sanctioned murder. Murder is wrong. I am not neutral in any way on this issue.

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