Law and Conversation

September 21, 2011

Executions today

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.


  1. Wholeheartedly agree, Helen. Dreiser’s book is up there on my short list of best works of fiction (based on fact, correct?). It’s been at least 30 years since I read it, too.

    Comment by Pat — September 21, 2011 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

    • I read it because Mrs. Larson had a bunch of copies in her classroom. She must have assigned it in years before I was in her class. And yes, it was based on a real case. Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by Helen Gunnarsson — September 21, 2011 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

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