Capital punishment's demise

08/03/2014 8:07 AM

08/04/2014 5:33 PM

Re Defense lawyer leads death penalty to the abyss" (Dan Morain, July 27): The death penalty in America appears on track to its own final summons for reasons moral and, one might add, practical.

We can thank the breadth and reach of our Constitution and a broadened understanding of where its principles apply. Capital punishment is by any definition cruel and unusual. There is no improving on a practice that mostly serves to diminish us.

The challenge remains for society to move away from a position of righteous vengeance by executing the most execrable criminals, to one where we accept their isolation forever from our sights and minds.

Killing them comes at too great a cost to our own humanity.

-- Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento

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