Today’s Death Row News, Oct 26

Lots of articles making the rounds this week about death row inmates, executions, etc. Here’s some of the more interesting ones.

  • Anti-Death Penalty Activists, Exonerated Death Row Inmates March to Texas Capital: Hundreds of activists and 25 exonerated death row inmates participated in the 12th annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty in Austin. The demonstrators marched through downtown Austin, ending up outside the Texas State Capitol. The article has quotes from two Florida exonerees, David Keaton, who I spoke to for one of my video stories, and Delbert Tibbs. There’s also video from the march.
  • Finding Forgiveness on Death Row: This is the story of Mark Stroman, who went on a shooting rampage after the September 11 attacks and shot several men he thought were Arabs in a string of convenience stores. It’s also the story of one of Stroman’s victims, Rais Bhuiyan, who was blinded in the shooting, but forgave Stroman and became friends with him, fighting for his life up until Texas executed him on July 20.

There has also been a great deal of commentary on the death penalty this week in editorials and columns, as a number of executions draw near. Here’s a roundup of what I’ve come across in the past few days:

  • A Buddhist Perspective on the Death Penalty, from Tibetan nun Lobsang Tendrol for the Washington Post:
    “Both murderers and supporters of the death penalty deserve our compassion because they will experience the karmic effects of killing…Buddhism does allow ending the life of another when it is done in self-defense, and the argument could be made that, sometimes, capital punishment could be viewed as a society’s attempt at self-defense. But when there are other means available to prevent a person form harming others, such as imprisonment, it would seem that the less lethal option should be favored.”
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One thought on “Today’s Death Row News, Oct 26

  1. GG says:

    Wow. 12 people released from death row when new evidence surfaced. Does make you think. I believe in consequences to fit each action. However, I do get concerned over wrongly sentencing a human life if the evidence is not clear.

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