12.17.2005

Want to avoid the death penalty? Kill a black person.

My favorite left-wing death penalty supporter (OK, the only left-wing death penalty supporter I know), Angie, points us to this article that shows that people who kill black people don't get the death penalty in California.

Racism is not the reason I oppose the death penalty. I oppose it for both principled and pragmatic reasons. On principle, I don't believe that governments should be able to kill people. Pragmatically, I see both that erroneous convictions are frequent and that the death penalty is far more expensive and no more effective than life without parole.

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