Robert McDonnell's moral calculus
By Robert J. Inlow
Regarding the Sept. 18 Metro article “McDonnell won’t call off execution”:
In dismissing the appeal of Teresa Lewis’s death sentence, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (D) was quoted as saying, “The test for me really is: ... Is there anything that would be a miscarriage of justice in letting the execution go forward?”
Setting aside the primitive morality of taking one life to pay for another, is it not a miscarriage of justice to execute someone whose IQ barely registers above the legal limit for mental retardation or who received the death penalty when those who actually committed the murder were given life in prison?
It is chilling that the governor can analyze and speak of this execution so clinically, as though it were just another case study in law school.
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