During the 18th and 19th centuries, the young American nation was known to Europeans as the leader in the fight to end capital punishment, and to create prisons where the goal was rehabilitation of criminals. That was then, today is now. Yesterday, the state of Georgia injected John Wayne Conner, aged sixty, with barbiturate, and he soon was dead. The crime which resulted in his death happened in 1982 when John and his buddy, JT White were drinking and smoking marijuana. He was the sixth person this year in Georgia to be executed.
Gee, thirty years have passed since the crime. Did Mr. Conner display new behaviors? Did he demonstrate that the man who killed a friend, was now a different person? For God’s sake the ‘murder’ was an explosion of anger against a FRIEND!