Monday, 6 August 2007

NY Times against hiding the executioner

From the Blog Sentencing, Law and Policy :

NY Times against hiding the executioner

This editorial, entitled "The Executioner's Hood," appears in today's New York Times. Here is a snippet:

Even those who support executing their citizens must see the need to ensure that the process is not barbarically cruel and is fully open to public scrutiny.

Last month, however, Missouri’s governor signed a law that makes it a crime to reveal the identities of current or former executioners.... Under the new secrecy law, Missouri’s capital punishment system may plunge deeper into incompetence and cruelty, and it will be harder for citizens to stop it.

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