As I write this post, absent an eleventh-hour stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, Troy Davis awaits execution in Georgia. You can read about the many issues with Davis’s conviction on Amnesty International’s site, among many others. In a far more clear-cut case, Texas executed Lawrence Brewer this evening. (Hat tip: Mike Cane.)
I recently posted about the death penalty and what I see as its barbaric quality, even in such a repugnant case as Lawrence Brewer’s. A classic novel about a man found guilty of murder and executed that’s not read so much these days is Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy.” I read it more than thirty years ago, but it’s stuck with me, and I’d recommend it to anyone.