Duty to ful­fill death ver­dicts

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Gov. Gavin New­som has stated he “will not over­see the ex­e­cu­tion of any in­di­vid­ual,” re­gard­less of how heinous the crime. Se­rial killers and cold-blooded mur­der­ers are not “any” in­di­vid­ual.

Death Row in­mates, in cases of ques­tion­able guilt, should be af­forded le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and de­fer­ment; how­ever, those con­victed by ir­refutable ev­i­dence or self­ad­mis­sion have for­feited their “in­alien­able rights.” The death penalty is not “mur­der;” rather, an ex­e­cu­tion ad­min­is­tered to some­one “legally” con­victed of a cap­i­tal crime, as well as a per­ma­nent “pro­tec­tive” ex­ci­sion of a so­ci­etal can­cer.

Since there is no in­di­ca­tion of “di­vine” in­ter­ven­tion to pre­vent car­nage, safe­guard in­no­cents or dis­pense jus­tice, we have a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to honor jury di­rec­tives, rather than as­sign judg­ment to an in­de­ter­mi­nate “here­after.”

– Paula Ann Costis, Fresno

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