In a Wide-Ranging Series of Editorials, the South Florida Sun Sentinel Argues for Abolition of Capital Punishment in Florida

April 7, 2021 In a wide-ranging six-part editorial series analyzing systemic flaws in the administration of the death penalty, the editorial board of the South Florida Sun Sentinel has called for the abolition of capital punishment. “[I]t is past time to repeal it, here in Florida and nationwide,” the editors wrote.

The editorial series, published from March 21 through March 28, 2021, critiqued capital punishment from a variety of angles. The death penalty, the editors wrote, “has nothing to do with preventing crime. It cannot be applied with an even hand. There is no assurance that only the ‘worst of the worst’ are put to death. It wastes millions of dollars compared to the cost of a life sentence without opportunity for parole.”
The editors quote former Florida Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan, who observed the criminal justice process over the course of 40 years as a state prosecutor, defense attorney, trial judge, and supreme court justice, on the certainty that Florida has executed an innocent person. “There is no question in my mind that we certainly have in the past executed those people who either didn’t fit the criteria for execution in the State of Florida or who, in fact, were … not guilty of the crime,” Kogan said. “If you say that no innocent person has been executed, you are just burying your head in the sand.”
The opening editorial concludes: “The death penalty accomplishes no valid purpose that can’t be fulfilled at less cost and infinitely less risk of making the worst possible mistake. No citizens and no states should want such miscarriages of justice on their collective conscience.”
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