01 March 2006

Execution irony

Today, March 1, is Death Penalty Abolition Day, marking the anniversary of the date in 1847 in which the state of Michigan became the first English speaking territory to abolish capital punishment.

In honor of this occasion, I offer the following tidbits of irony:

• From The Times (UK): "A meticulous paper trail alleged to link Saddam Hussein to the execution by hanging of 148 Iraqis was shown to a Baghdad court today as his trial resumed for a brief but unusually well-mannered session."

• From the New York Review of Books: "George W. Bush during his six years as governor of Texas presided over 152 executions, more than any other governor in the recent history of the United States."

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