Sunday, August 13, 2006

on having standing

I think that the coverage of the Dawson execution was far overblown. I've often thought that if a family member had been slain a long time ago, I might never get over it, but the wound would be refreshed with all the coverage so much later. But what really amazes me is that members of the public are not considered to have standing to take the death penalty to court. Whether you agree with the penalty or not, the fact that your government is committing the act of killing a person seems to me to give us standing to challenge that in court.


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