Sunday, April 20, 2008

Former Bexar County DA lost faith in capital punishment system

SAN ANTONIO – Sam Millsap is embarrassed to admit he doesn't remember how many people his office sent to death row when he was district attorney here in the 1980s.


Interesting how many people who actually had a hand in sentencing someone to death or in the actual execution process no longer support capital punishment. As surveys have shown, public support for the death penalty is an abstract process. Support is lower for actual cases. The testimony from Supreme Court justices, prosecutors, clergy, and wardens sheds some light on the hidden nature of the modern death penalty process and its collateral damage.

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