There were a couple of executions in the United States last night. In Texas, convicted white supremacist, Lawrence Brewer, was given a lethal injection for the dragging death of a black man named James Byrd Jr. And in Georgia, Troy Davis was executed for killing police officer Mark MacPhail.
The Davis case has received a lot of press because many high profile protesters came forward to support the inmate after he claimed his innocence, and after circumstances of the case and trial brought his exact involvement into question. The Brewer case received some press as well, but mainly because of the brutality of what is considered one of the most heinous hate crimes in recent history, and the fact that Brewer stated to a reporter that he had no regrets and would do it again, given the opportunity.
I realize this could be an explosive topic for our afternoon discussion, but you all have always been great about staying civil and thoughtful. So the floor is open.
What are your thoughts about these two cases? What are your views on the death penalty in general? Do the circumstances of the case change your feelings about executing a man/woman?