There's much more. Heller now fears that the system he created may still condemn an innocent person, despite all the expensive safeguards. He speaks out for the SAFE California initiative to replace the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole. You can read the rest at the link.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
An ethical about-face
A couple of months ago I wrote about the bravery of El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs who has turned against the California death penalty law he worked so hard to pass in 1978. Now the author of that law, Donald H. Heller, has explained his own change of mind in Sh'ma: a journal of Jewish Ideas.
***Heller's willingness to admit a mistake and work to rectify it is morally admirable. In a political environment full of Etch-a-Sketch candidates and poll-tested posturing, ethical seriousness about the consequences of our policy choices seems almost naive. It shouldn't.