The following is a letter to the editor of The Dallas Morning News regarding the July 9 editorial “Justice without Doubt” I posted aerlier today.
The author, Charles Terrell, is the former Chair of the Board of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
This came to my attention by way of Steve Hall over at the incredible StandDown Texas:
Re: “Justice Without Doubt – Questionable death cases call for review,” Sunday Editorials.
This editorial about the death penalty and three questionable executions is a reasonable approach to a difficult subject. I had enough concerns about flaws in the system to have my name taken off the death row prison a few years ago.
Mistakes can occur, but the system is not willing to admit them.
Your recommendation for a commission to review the entire subject is a good one. A moratorium on the death penalty during that process won’t do any harm. The inmates aren’t going anywhere.
Charles T. Terrell, Dallas