Shocking, but in no way surprising, to learn of the execution of an innocent man in Texas .
The Columbia Law School Professor James Liebman who headed a team of students to uncover the truth states : “Sadly, his story is not unique. The same factors that sent Carlos de Luna to his death – faulty eyewitness testimony, shoddy legal representation, and prosecutorial misfeasance – continue to put innocent people at risk of execution today.”
The death penalty, even when the guilty party is correctly identified, is nothing more that state sanctioned murder with an eye for an eye style revenge the only motive. It does not serve as a deterrent and has no place in a civilised society.
A powerful voice that says the same is Steve Earle, whose brilliant song Billy Austin tells it like it is: