When execution ended in my country, a shadow faded. Something grim and primitive was gone. There's still violence and murder in England, of course, but its citizens -- including children -- no longer have to be accomplices in the most premeditated of all killings.
Since Oct. 9, 2001, when Henry "Hank" Skinner's lawyers filed their first motion for DNA testing, Texas lawmen have stood in the way, saying Skinner is guilty and his request is simply a stalling tactic. Turns out the lawmen were stalling.
Anthony Graves, father of three and an African American man with no violent past, was on death row in Texas for more than a decade. We talked with Anthony about his long fight for freedom and his work to replace the death penalty with life without parole.
Rick Perry's record number of executions drew applause at last week's GOP debate. Among the 234 -- make that 235 as of today -- killed under Perry was Cameron Todd Willingham, who received the death penalty for killing his three daughters by arson.
While I find it almost impossible to sympathize with Humberto Leal García Jr.'s suffering, I believe, as a person of faith, it is unjust and immoral for any state in the United States to put this killer to death.