26 June 2013

Texas kills 500th prisoner - a woman

This evening, the state of Texas executed its 500th death row prisoner since a 1976 Supreme Court ruling that reinstated the death penalty as an option in this country. Kimberly McCarthy received her lethal injection just after 6:00 pm Texas time.

Governor Rick Perry, who likes to brag about his execution record, is probably celebrating. But this gruesome milestone is nothing to celebrate. The case appears to be riddled with racial bias and suggestions of inadequate defense counsel. That's not justice.

See my Tuesday article for details on the issues surrounding McCarthy's case and her death sentence.

And consider the words of Mohandas Gandhi, who said: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

Shame on Texas - a very blind state.

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