"Some measures Texas employs in capital punishment not really sane," is the title of Bob Ray Sanders' latest column in the Sunday Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The more I think about executions in Texas, and the extent to which this state will go in order to kill someone, the more insane I find the very idea of capital punishment.
Before I talk about the latest case of absurdity involving a Texas Death Row inmate from Tarrant County, let me remind you of two other instances in which the state’s actions seemed beyond ludicrous.
And, turning to the Court of Criminal Appeals ruling in Steven Staley's case:
What really ought to happen, as one law professor suggested to the Tribune, is Staley’s sentence should be commuted to life in prison. It not only would be the most humane but also the most cost-effective solution, considering the amount of money already spent on years of appeals, the professor notes.
But don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.
Too many people in this state are bent on carrying out the barbaric practice of putting others to death, no matter the measures that have to be taken to achieve that.
Earlier coverage of Steven Staley's case and the issue of forced medication begins at the link.