Some stains won’t wash out

By Nicole Garwood

cruel and unusual.jpgTo keep it simple, innocent people are dying.

From all those humans being subjected to the embrace of an electric armchair to reduced to mortal guinea pigs used for untested drugs. The number of Innocent people who have lost their lives to capital punishment due to immeasurable amounts of misconduct, racial bias or questionable evidence. The fact is: Immoral, barbaric, groundless and senseless, capital punishment risks the lives of countless innocent exposed to it and must be abolished.

1 in every 24 deaths someone’s innocent.

The US, in 2017 totaled to 160 exonerations since 1973 out of the 1,465 people executed. Later  DNA testing revealed 4.1% of those executed were innocent.

That number should be zero!  What justice is achieved if it risks endangering the lives of those caught in the crossfire?

In 1995 a young boy named Shareef Cousin was a held on death row at the young age of 17, for a crime he did not commit. During a murder Shareef was playing a recorded basketball game. Moreover, he has driven back home with his teammates and coach afterward. He had an airtight alibi, yet the prosecutor withheld from the jury.

After facing accusations by a woman who, visually impaired, claimed that she “ could never forget that face “, and after 4 years on death row, he was finally exonerated. This was someone’s son, someone’s friend. Another innocent life lost.

Shareef was lucky, but how about the ones who weren’t?

2005 Lena Baker, a colored woman defending herself against an abusive white man. The electric chair

2011 Joe Arridy, mentally disabled and falsely accused of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old highschool girl. Gas chamber

2016 Richard Masterson, involved in a “homicide” as claimed in a botched, unlicensed autopsy. Lethal Injection

Only 3 of many people who shared the same fate as Brian Terrell

December 9th Georgia sent Terrell to die by lethal injection. Took an hour for nurses to locate the vein and, as the drug was delivered he mouthed “ I didn’t do it “.

Accused of murder, his lawyer argued of no physical evidence linked to him, near the scene Terells footprints were located. His sentence? the product of misconduct and false, misleading testimony. The footprints were smaller than his, and out of the 13 fingerprints found none were his.

Furthermore recent studies from the ‘Death Penalty Information center’ reveal that the executions from 1999-2017 have lowered substantially. So why does it still exist? Someone’s family, someone’s friend that could be in danger. In addition it’s losing its popularity amongst the states, so why not just abolish it all together?

Wake up.

This is not the way to justice. This is the way to murder. Innocent people dead.  

Of course, there is still a chance the right guy will be caught, to have justice served to the right person. However this unattainable goal, it should be obvious by now. Criminal justice, a human endeavor that’s prone to mistakes. 1,465 people were executed 160 were saved, but what about the ones missed? The ones left behind to rot in a cell awaiting their unjust demise. fundamentally flawed and unsound system henceforth should no longer be allowed to corrupt our US laws, break our families, or kill our innocent.

3 thoughts on “Some stains won’t wash out

  1. Vincent

    Overall, an interesting piece. I believe that it is impossible to have a justice system without error. For every innocent person convicted, there will be a guilty person set free. While I do think that is wrong to kill innocent men, I don’t think that the death penalty should be abolished completely. It still is a valid punishment, especially towards criminals who are guilty without a doubt, and arguably it is better than jail for life without parole. I think a better solution would be to not have a death penalty unless it is proven without a doubt that the accused is guilty. Finally, you’re not American so you can’t say that YOUR government system is being corrupted. That they’re YOUR US laws. Overall, a good editorial dragged down by grammatical / punctuation mistakes, but still a good topic for conversation. With some revision (especially from someone else), this could be a very good editorial. Nice job.

  2. Reeve

    Awesome editorial! You convey your message very convincingly and I loved reading it. I was reading your editorial with agreement the entire time! Killing 1 innocent person is absurd let alone 160. Now don’t listen to all those haters (*ahem Vincent*) these are just mostly grammatical mistakes that don’t take away from your awesome message!

  3. Julie

    I love your editorial! Your message is really insightful and was something new for me especially :))

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