by Max Brantley
Stephens Media asked the gubernatorial candidates and, no surprise, none of them think a solution lies in ending the expensive, discriminatory and inevitably extended death penalty process. Asa Hutchinson is sure sufficient protections are in place to prevent execution of innocent people. That's true only if you believe a New Zealand millionaire is at hand to take up the case of every Death Row inmate railroaded in a flawed prosecution by a tainted jury. Debra Hobbs, who said the extended process "dishonors" victims and families, says the solution might be simple: look to Texas. Mike Ross carefully said the death penalty should remain an option. And so on.
Speaking of the execution machine that is Texas, which recently hit the 500th execution mark since resuming the death penalty in 1982. The 500th was a woman convicted of killing a neighbor. She was executed 16 years after her crime.