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Reeder: Evolving attitude on capital punishment

Scott ReederJournalist

Apr 11, 2017

New book fosters appreciation for abolition of capital punishment

SPRINGFIELD – “These are halls of justice – not mercy,” the prosecutor bellowed before the jury as I wiggled uncomfortably in the back of the courtroom, notebook in hand.

I was fresh out of college and covering courts in Texas when I first wrestled with the notion of justice vs. mercy.

Justice is when society gives someone a punishment it thinks a defendant deserves. Mercy, on the other hand, is when it extends a hand of compassion.

We are all for compassion when it is we who are standing before the judgement seat. But…

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