Gotta love this. This week’s New Yorker cover references, of course, New York City’s plan to ban the sale of large cups of soda
Venezuela Uses Mimes to Enforce Traffic Laws: Nothing really more to say about that, is there?
Death Row Suicide Highlights Execution Delays — This is the headline for a Houston Chronicle about how, with executions in many states taking place decades after the crime — if at all — far fewer Death Row prisoners are being executed than are dying of natural causes (or by their own hands). The article also discusses the debate in California over abolishing the death penalty, and an update on the Scott Peterson case.
The question is, is the article’s premise valid? The article discusses the suicide of James Lee Crummel, who in 1979 abducted, sexually abused and killed a 13-year-old boy. If California didn’t have a death penalty, he’d certainly have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole — and since that’s what California’s death penalty essentially is anyway (they haven’t executed anybody since 2006), how is the existence of the death penalty a factor in his suicide?
And of course, if we’re going to be honest about it…
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