Lest we Europeans feel smug about our supposed eradication of the barbarity that is capital punishment, it is worth noting that judicial killing (you cannot call it “murder” when it is legally sanctioned) is still practised in one enclave of the continent. More here, from a grieving mother.
The difference between murder and execution is supposed to be legality. When the state kills, it’s not really murder if it follows the letter of the law -- or so the conventional wisdom goes. But what do you call it when the state b... Read Post
If capital punishment ends only because of challenges and not because of a national reckoning with its full meaning, some cases will have let our nation off the hook in a way that cheapens our claim to being a judicious people. Read Post