That's the title of a Cincinnati Enquirer OpEd written by by Jim and Nancy Petro. He's the former Attorney General of Ohio. They are the authors of False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent. Here's the beginning:
Throughout our lives together, we have held differing views on the death penalty. Nancy has always opposed it; I have generally supported the right of the citizens of a state to establish the death penalty as a consequence for the most heinous crimes.
Despite this difference, our views of the justice system have always shared a commitment to fairness, accuracy and public safety.
As a legislator, I voted in favor of reinstating Ohio's death penalty law in 1981. As attorney general, I oversaw 18 executions in accordance with Ohio law, but increasingly I struggled with my views on the death penalty. It's one thing to consider the law in the abstract; it is much different and more difficult to make decisions in a state process that concludes with the taking of a human life.
Nancy's view was unwavering: She believes the death penalty sends a message of vengeance to our children, diminishing the value of all human life and the culture. Increasingly, we both recognized that it is impossible to implement without a substantial risk of catastrophic error.
Over time, our views came together. My work gave me an up-close view of our death penalty in practice, which is much different from theory or intention.
The Petros were members of a Constitution Project panel on wrongful convictions in 2011.