I abhor the death penalty and applaud Governor Jon Corzine and New Jersey’s step to ban it there.
It is of course tragic for parents, friends and colleagues of victims of any crime, and my sympathies are with them.
My opposition and hopes around the future abolition of the death penalty can be summarized by the Justice Brennan’s quote below:
“One area of law more than any other besmirches the constitutional vision of human dignity. . . . The barbaric death penalty violates our Constitution. Even the most vile murderer does not release the state from its obligation to respect dignity, for the state does not honor the victim by emulating his murderer. Capital punishment’s fatal flaw is that it treats people as objects to be toyed with and discarded. . . . One day the Court will outlaw the death penalty. Permanently.”
–William J. Brennan, Jr., retired Supreme Court Justice, 1996