Monday, January 09, 2006

A Moratorium... in Virginia?

The Staunton News Leader had an editorial on Saturday addressing Governor Mark Warner's decision to order DNA testing to determine whether Roger Keith Coleman was guilty of the crime for which he was executed in 1992. The editorial concludes, "If DNA evidence clears Roger Keith Coleman, it won't do him a bit of good. Nor will it assuage our collective consciences. But one thing will be clear: Virginia, perhaps the entire nation, will not be able to go about the business of applying the death penalty with confidence. At the very least, a moratorium on the practice will be appropriate. "


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