Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Virginia's Shameful Milestone

Without fanfare, Virginia will pass a shameful milestone in June. The state will have executed 100 convicted felons in our name.

Within a 30-day period, Kevin Green, Percy Walton and Robert Yarbrough will be executed.

Last year, Howling Latina was a contributing writer for Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a statewide citizens coalition. Profiles of death-row inmates in Virginia can be viewed here.

Percy Walton is a psychotic schizophrenic. Kevin Green was involved in a robbery gone bad. And Robert Yarbrough was convicted of capital murder after three African-American were removed from the jury pool.

Here's a fascinating interview with the former chaplain of the Texas Death House, on Fresh Air (NPR). Everyone should listen to this and hear how this man who witnessed 93 executions feels about the whole process.

Death House Chaplain
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