"She is the public face of criminal justice in the State of Texas," said McKetta. "She has violated a mandatory protocol, a duty of her office in one of the most time-sensitive and irreversible circumstances there can be, moments before a scheduled execution."
This Time piece is a more nuanced take on the issue. I wish I had a moral stance on the death penalty—but I'm still working it out. I do have problems with the innocent being condemned to die, or with a guy like Wilbert Rideau doing 44 years only to have a death penalty sentence thrown out, a life sentence thrown out, and finally getting 24 years for manslaughter. At one point, Rideau, who became an award-winning journalist while in prison, was allowed to travel around Louisiana with only an unarmed guard as escort to speak at universities and do other work around his writing. Michael Richard, the guy executed in the Judge Keller situation, was no Rideau—but maybe the question is would his life been worth sparing had he been.
Anyway, I'm out. It's been another wild ride, and another lesson on how hard it is to blog. Ta-Nehisi should be applauded. Happy father's day fellas.