Today’s Comment of the Day comes in response to my post from yesterday about a 17 year old, Shareef Cousin, who was condemned to die in the mid-1990s for a crime he didn’t commit.
Cousin’s conviction and sentencing was achieved through numerous incredibly disturbing examples of prosecutorial misconduct and those responsible were never seriously disciplined.
So why bother highlighting the moronic response of some mouth-breathing troll? Mostly because this isn’t such an outlier when it comes to support for the death penalty. When presented with a ghastly example of the brokenness of the system, supporters of the death penalty routinely close their eyes plug their ears, and sing “la, la, la, I’m not listening” to themselves.
Every example of the broken death penalty system, every fact I can muster, is an example or a fact that death penalty supporters can blissfully ignore because, after all, it happened to someone else, to someone they don’t care about. That’s the wall that abolitionists need to break down.