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Friday, February 24, 2006
Vincent Fort and the death penalty
Georgia Democrats are mulling legislation sponsored by State Senator Vincent Fort, of Atlanta, that would place a moratorium on executions in Georgia and create a commission to study how our state metes out capital punishment. The Macon Telegraph is carrying the AP story.
I'll be brief - this legislation isn't going anywhere, and I'm happy about that. There are real problems with Georgia's capital punishment system that have got to be fixed, and I'm glad Vincent is trying to focus attention on them. But Georgia is pretty red on capital punishment, which means that bills like this divide Democrats and not Republicans. We can't win the debate on abolishing capital punishment outright any more than Republicans can win the debate on abolishing abortion outright (except in alternate realities like South Dakota), and I get the unsettling feeling that that's where Vincent wants to go with this. We need the right message on this issue, and that message should focus on fixing the death penalty rather than doing away with it.