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Op-Ed: You can't fix the death penalty
Los Angeles Times - June, 4 2012
Californians will vote this fall on an initiative to abolish the death penalty. Proponents of the measure say it is necessary because capital punishment is too costly. Opponents argue that costs can be cut by streamlining the system.
But whether one is for or against capital punishment, trying to make the process cheaper and quicker is a terrible — and dangerous — idea.
Recently, my coauthors and I published the results of an extensive four-year investigation into the Texas execution of Carlos DeLuna, a young Latino man with a childlike intellect who was convicted of murder. His case flew through the courts. The entire process, from arrest to lethal injection, took only six years, or half the national average for capital cases.
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