The governor of California following modern thinking and eschewing his campaign commitments, has set aside the death penalty.
No doubt there are political motivations at play, and there are many documented cases of false execution. Especially since the advent of DNA, which has cast new light on old cases. But it's the advent of DNA testing that should make the death penalty bullet proof.
We can now place the killer at the scene of the crime with zero error, if DNA backs up the claim.....so if we set a high bar, requiring DNA evidence, the objection about mistakes can be set aside and it comes down to a moral choice.
Should we take a human life....do we have that right? Well we have very little concern about animals who we kill for sport. And in the absence of religion what is sacred about humans?
It seems to me far too much of this is worrying about our own humanity and far too little is focused on the victims. The recent case of the little girl who witnessed her father choking her sister who said: "please don't do that to me daddy". What about her rights? Or the kids shot under their desks at school, what about their rights?
Too much of this "humanity" overlooks the abject terror of the victims. Why should these monsters be eating popcorn and watching basketball games in jail, when their victims have died in terrible pain and terror.
The bar has to be high, for sure, but there are crimes so horrendous that they demand the death penalty.....as a rejection by society and as a deterrant, if only for some situations. And we now have the technology to do so without making mistakes.
This move on the part of California is a reprieve for many monsters who are truly not human.