Tuesday, March 29, 2005
If Terri S. were given the benefit of the doubt from those who believe she is more dead than alive (depending on how you define life), then convicts on death row could also have the benefit of the doubt that they may be as innocent as Terri. Instead, they will die at the hands of the courts--guilty or not. Each time we execute someone we risk killing an innocent person. No, we don't starve them, but we do keep them in less than pleasant surroundings with the smell of death hanging over their heads--and they are fully conscious and alive. This country is unwilling to give benefit of the doubt by law once the verdict has been announced. Blessed are those who rally at midnight, speaking out for the benefit of doubt on the side of life.