death penalty news—-USA

June 15


Last meal is irrelevant

Re: "Dallas woman's killer is executed 'I am so terribly sorry,' he tells
victim's relatives," Thursday news story.

I never cease to be amazed and repulsed by the media's incessant
fascination with the last meal of a condemned inmate. What relevance does
this have to anything related to the horrors of the crime or the
sufferings of the family members of both the victim and the inmate?

Reporting the content of a condemned inmate's last meal does nothing to
move society forward toward a healthy dialogue that is so necessary when
confronting the great social justice issues of our times.

Rick Halperin, president, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty,

(source: Letter to the Editor, Dallas Morning News)