Throughout my life the issue of our death penalty has been a difficult one for me to resolve in my mind. I do understand how someone whose wife or daughter was raped or killed or someone whose husband or wife was murdered for no other reason than being in the wrong place at the wrong time would seek revenge against the killer. I suspect if this happened to a loved one in my family, the desire for vengeance would be strong. In other words, having thoughts of a violent revenge against someone who has done terrible wrong to your loved ones is normal. However, there is simply too much actual evidence that in X percent of murdering convicts, the person executed was really innocent. Thus, one is left in the position of either supporting the concept that it is OK for one innocent person to die in order to exact vengeance upon an evil doer or one is confronted with the concept that if one innocent person must die to satisfy our desire for vengeance it is OK.
Joseph Wood was convicted for being a double murderer. He was sentenced to be executed in the state of Arizona. Last night he was given a drug execution. Something went wrong with the drugs. He was given them, and then over the following 1187 minutes gasped and snorted in agony before death finally ended his torment. Our Constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishment. That is the 8th Amendment. As one who believes in the Constitution, I cannot support any punishment which violates its basic tenets. Therefore, I must oppose the Death penalty.