Thursday, February 10, 2011

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)

'Just punishment can occur without resorting to the death penalty.'

-- Statement signed by the Archbishop of Cincinnati, the Bishop of Columbus, and 8 other Roman Catholic Church leaders in Ohio, reported to have "joined a chorus" of calls for repeal of the state's 30-year-old capital punishment statute. (credit for 2005 AP photo of Ohio's execution chamber) Others sounding this call include "Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, a Republican who helped write the state's original death-penalty law" (his anti-death-penalty op-ed is here), as well as "a former state prisons director who witnessed 33 executions." Data revealed Ohio to be 2d only to Texas in the number of recent executions; another is set for February 17. Ohio's death row houses 156 men and 1 woman.

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