People can say that even if he suffered excruciating pain, he did not suffer as much as the two people he killed. But we should not lose our moral bearings. The state should not decide whom to kill. The U.S. Supreme Court said the death penalty is only to be reserved for the worst of the worst crimes. But nobody knows what that means. Look at the application of the death penalty. Who has been selected to die? Only poor people. Close to 80 percent of executions have happened in the 10 states that practiced slavery. We have signed on to the UN Convention Against Torture that says no one should be subjected to torture. In my years of work with death row inmates, I have witnessed their suffering as they watch their fellow inmates led off to the death chamber. Putting people on death row is nothing short of inflicting mental torture on them.


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