It is stories like this one that make me against the death penalty in the end though:
Claude Jones always claimed that he wasn’t the man who walked into an East Texas liquor store in 1989 and shot the owner. He professed his innocence right up until the moment he was strapped to a gurney in the Texas execution chamber and put to death on Dec. 7, 2000. His murder conviction was based on a single piece of forensic evidence recovered from the crime scene—a strand of hair—that prosecutors claimed belonged to Jones.For me, killing even one man mistakenly makes the entire system worthy of questioning. So this isn't even a moral or philosophical dilemma, but an issue of practicalities. We should not support a system that kills people if that system is 100% accurate. Simple. Ironically it seems to be people on the right who stand firmly by capital punishment. Once again proving "limited government" means nothing.
But DNA tests completed this week at the request of the Observer and the New York-based Innocence Project show the hair didn’t belong to Jones after all. The day before his death in December 2000, Jones asked for a stay of execution so the strand of hair could be submitted for DNA testing. He was denied by then-Gov. George W. Bush.
Wow, this post was all over the place. It is what it is I guess. It's just all so heartbreaking..