Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cornelius Dupree

I felt outraged that this evening’s tv news reportage concerning Cornelius Dupree, released after 30 years of false imprisonment for no other reason than that he physically resembled an escaped perpetrator, at no point mentioned the logical implications supporting the repeal of capital punishment.

The Dallas County D.A. explained on PBS News Hour that there have been 25 exonerations for false conviction in recent years in his county. Given the inherently flawed nature of our criminal justice system and its propensity for intermittent failure, one can only guess how many persons have been falsely executed in the U.S. If there had been even one known case, that alone would justify scrapping capital punishment permanently, disregarding all the other arguments that can be brought against it.