"An execution is not simply death. It is just as different from the privation of life as a concentration camp is from prison. It adds to death a rule, a public premeditation known to the future victim, an organization which is itself a source of moral sufferings more terrible than death. Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life."
-Albert Camus

RIP Oklahoma City Bombing Victims

RIP Timothy McVeigh

The man who killed all of you was a confused madman.

The men and women who are killing the confused madman are all monsters.

This is NOT justice.

This should be a crime.

Two wrongs NEVER make a right.

Execution stops a beating heart.

"Until the infallibility of human judgment shall have been proved to me, I shall persist in demanding the abolition of the death penalty"
-Marquis de Lafayette

"Whether you support or oppose capital punishment, there is mounting evidence that the system is broken. A review of death penalty judgments over a 23-year period found a national error rate of 68%. In a matter of life and death, we are getting it wrong more than 2 out of every 3 times. We need a moratorium on executions to give us time to figure out why the system is not working."

Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind.
-George Bernard Shaw

The death penalty is parading through the streets of America as if it were clothed in the finest robes of criminal justice. Most politicians applaud its finery; others stare in silence, too timid to proclaim that the emperor has no clothes. Instead of confronting the twin crises of the economy and violence, politicians offer the death penalty as if it were a meaningful solution to crime. At the same time, more effective and vital services to the community are being sacrificed. Voters should be told the truth about the death penalty. They should understand that there are programs that do work in reducing crime, but the resources to pay for such programs are being diverted into show executions. Being sensible about crime is not being soft on crime. Too much is at stake to allow political manipulation to silence the truth about the death penalty in America.
-Richard Deiter

"I think those arguing in favor of capital punishment now are indulging in a form of nostalgia. Capital punishment no longer works as a morality play. Each execution simply becomes part of the great messy pageant, the vast and voracious stupidity, the Jerry Springer show of American life."
-Lance Morrow

The death penalty experiment has failed
-Former US Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun

"Something very wrong is taking place tonight.  I am innocent, innocent, innocent . . ."
-Leonel Torres Herrera (in his last breath)

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