That's the title of an article in the current edition of the Nation, written by David Love, the executive director of Witness to Innocence. The subtitle is, "'I killed the thing that almost killed me,' said Kirk Bloodsworth, who faced execution in Maryland, the latest state to outlaw capital punishment."
Earlier this month, I was at the State House in Annapolis when Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley made history, erasing a centuries-old practice with the stroke of the pen. On May 2, O’Malley signed a law repealing the death penalty, making it the eighteenth state to abolish capital punishment, and the sixth state in six years, after New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Illinois and Connecticut.
Standing with me were two men who had a very personal stake in the governor’s actions: Kirk Bloodsworth and Shujaa Graham, both of whom were exonerated from death row. They are just two of the 142 death row prisoners who have been released due to their innocence over the past forty years. Shujaa was number twenty, and Kirk was number forty-eight. Along with organizers and lawmakers, such exonerated death row survivors—who spent an average of ten years on death row for crimes they did not commit—are leading the charge to halt executions throughout America.
Earlier coverage of Maryland's repeal of the death penalty begins at the link. Also available, more from David Love.