Would you believe that during the penalty deliberations over the fate of Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood mass killer, the Dallas Morning News argued he should not be sentenced to death? That's in Texas, argued about a Muslim who murdered soldiers!
It's not that they had gone soft on terrorists -- it's that they have long arrived at the opinion that the death penalty does not render justice as effectively a sentence of life without parole.
The military jury didn't agree -- Hasan has since been sentenced to death. But as the Washington Post reported, that doesn't mean he will meet a quick end:
Boston Globe urged Attorney General Eric Holder to take the death penalty off the table in the case of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The state of Massachusetts has not had a death penalty since U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the 1970s required states to rewrite their statutes for greater fairness. But Tsarnaev is being tried under federal terrorism laws, so the Attorney General gets to decide what sort of case will be made.
The Globe explained last week:
In this, apparently the paper is echoing the views of Boston area residents. A Globe sponsored poll in September showed that