A Tale of Two State-Sponsored Killings by William L. Anderson:
Before Brewer was to be killed, he declined to make a statement; Davis, about to die, calmly expressed one last time that he did not do what he was about to be killed for allegedly doing.
They were different men, different events, yet they are tied together and not just because they were executed on the same date in the same country.
Would Troy Davis have supported the execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer? Would Lawrence Russell Brewer have supported the execution of Troy Davis? I don’t know. What I do know is that when it comes to state-sponsored killings, all principles are discarded. People become what they have hated, and supposedly-principled people become the worst of hypocrites.
People who say they are "pro-life" try to justify executions in that same light. John Ashcroft, who lost his U.S. Senate election in 2000 to a dead man, had enraged black voters in his state of Missouri because he single-handedly denied the appointment of a black judge to the federal bench because Ashcroft claimed that the judge "was soft on the death penalty."
Yet, Ashcroft was one of the most staunchly anti-abortion members of Congress and always was feted by "pro-life" groups for his legislative actions................
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