"I thought I was going to get a fair shake…but I didn’t," Oklahoma exoneree Curtis McCarty said on a national radio show last week about the 1986 trial at which he was sentenced to death for a murder he didn’t commit.
McCarty was exonerated in May after serving 21 years in prison – most of it on death row – for a crime he didn’t commit. He discussed his case on “Philosophy Talk,” a weekly philosophy radio show. The July 8 show focused on the death penalty and featured a report on McCarty.
Exonerations nationwide have raised questions about the death penalty; read more:
An editorial in today’s New Jersey Courier Post says Byron Halsey’s exoneration is another argument for abolishing the death penalty.
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A letter to the editor in yesterday’s Columbia (Missouri) Tribune says:
Our legal system is far from foolproof. Those who are unjustly executed have their ultimate right, their lives, irrevocably stripped from them. Evidence suggests that with the limitations inherent in our current legal system, the state should no longer execute those convicted of capital crimes.