Clayton Lockett execution: Hints from the Constitution

Published: Friday, May. 2, 2014 - 8:05 am
Last Modified: Saturday, May. 3, 2014 - 8:00 am

Re "Capital punishment is too broken too fix" (Editorials, May 2): Our Constitution's Preamble implores us to establish Justice, though that line lacks the qualifying adjective of the preceding one that searches for a "more perfect Union." If we admit to no perfect justice, how can the finality of the death penalty be just, especially when an estimated 4 percent of convictions are wrongfully adjudicated? Adding to the dilemma of an imperfect legal system we find again that in the bungled execution of convicted killer, Clayton Lockett, there exists no immaculate process for taking a person's life. Is the Constitution perhaps trying to tell us something?

-- Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento

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