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Capital Idea

October 22, 2009

The tragic story of Thomas and Meeks Griffin illustrates the inherent problem with capital punishment. You see, 94 years ago, both men were put to death after they were found guilty for the murder of a Confederate veteran. South Carolina has recently issued posthumous pardons to both men after evidence surfaced that they were not involved in the murder of John Q. Lewis.

The problem with the death penalty is that it cannot be undone. A person cannot be brought back to life if he or she is found to be innocent after the punishment is carried out. Although both brothers were eventually found innocent, they paid the ultimate price due to a court system that failed to give them a fair trial.

The legal system failed the Griffin brothers and Cameron Todd Willingham, let’s hope it does not fail Troy Davis as well.

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