For the second time in less than a week, The New York Times editorial page has argued against the death penalty.
On Saturday, the Times’s editorial board agreed with another of KCADP’s reasons for abolition–the death penalty is unfair, broken, and arbitrary.
In “Botched Executions,” the paper addressed Ohio’s plans to execute an inmate this week, despite its failed attempt to kill Romell Broom via lethal injection (right) just three weeks ago:
We have long believed that capital punishment is wrong in all cases, but even those who support it should not accept cruel procedures.
Ohio should halt any further executions until it conducts a comprehensive study of what is going wrong in its administration of lethal injection and what can be done to ensure that a travesty like Mr. Broom’s attempted execution does not happen again.
According to CBS News, “Broom was sentenced to die for the rape and slaying of 14-year-old Tryna Middleton after abducting her in Cleveland in September 1984 as she walked home from a Friday night football game with two friends.”
Last week in “High Cost of Death Row,” the Times delved into one of KCADP’s other main arguments for abolishing the death penalty in Kentucky–it’s costly, wasting states’ money during a time when they’re cutting back on education, health care, and social services.