Friday, September 23, 2011

It Doesn't Make Sense.

Two days ago, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Troy Davis was executed in Georgia. Davis was convicted in 1991 for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer. During the ensuing myriad appeals, numerous witnesses recanted, some claiming their original testimony was coerced. Additionally, a witness for the prosecution confessed to the murder. This confession was not allowed into the appeal process due to procedural rules. Davis maintained his innocence until his death. Many, including the family of the murdered police officer believe justice has been served. Many others are not similarly convinced.
source: morgueFile

The death penalty remains an option in 34 states. Physician assisted suicide is legal in 3 states. Montana is the only state that allows both capital punishment and physician assisted suicide. So in 2/3 of the United States it's okay for the government (with very specific criteria) to end your life for the sake of justice, but illegal for a doctor to help you end your pain for the sake of dignity.

Can anyone explain this to me?

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