For opponents of capital punishment -- including, emphatically, this page -- the sounder basis for its abolition lies not with the courts but with the legislatures. DNA evidence has helped illuminate cases of wrongful conviction, shattering the confidence of many onetime supporters of the death penalty. They have joined those of us who've long protested it as a moral abomination whose sanction places the United States in the ranks of the world's most disreputable nations. With or without prodding from the courts, states should abolish capital punishment and clear this nation of its stain.Here in Texas, the Dallas Morning News and the Austin American-Statesman have also endorsed abolishing the death penalty.
Texas Moratorium Network (TMN) is a non-profit organization with the primary goal of mobilizing statewide support for a moratorium on executions in Texas. Significant death penalty reform in Texas, including a moratorium on executions, is a viable goal if the public is educated on the death penalty system and is encouraged to contact their elected representatives to urge passage of moratorium legislation.
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