Mike Huckabee News
Jul 05 2013
This week, Texas executed its 500th prisoner since capital punishment was reinstated. That grim milestone fell to Kimberly McCarthy, a 52-year-old African-American woman convicted of stabbing her elderly neighbor Dorothy Booth to death in 1997 during a robbery to fuel her crack cocaine addiction. There were protests. Not because there was serious doubt of her guilt, but there were claims that racial discrimination in jury selection contributed to her getting the ultimate punishment. But considering that the state with the second-most executions, Virginia, has had only 110 to Texas’ 500, it’s doubtful she would’ve gotten a very lenient sentence for that crime under any circumstances.
Some commentators use the death penalty to score political points, and rail about the subject, either for or against. I don’t, because unlike them, as Governor of Arkansas, I actually had to carry out a number of executions. I assure you, no governor takes that duty lightly. In every case, I would go over the evidence personally, looking for any legitimate reason to spare the convict’s life. But that always had to be balanced with respect for the victims’ families, and the verdict of the jury, who’d actually been at the trial. I understand why people support the death penalty or oppose it. But when you are the one making that call on whether a fellow human being lives or dies, it becomes something a lot more serious than just fodder for a policy debate.
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