I’ve opposed the death penalty for a long time.
I actually support it, for every reason but one – the inevitability of executing the wrong person (and it appears all but inevitable that there’s been at least one and possibly two erroneous executions in recent years). Executing the wrong person is a double crime; society kills an innocent person, and a guilty party goes free, leaving a terrible crime unpaid-for.
So I oppose the death penalty for one reason, and one only.
But there are cases were, I gotta confess, I’m really just going through the motions.
(The suspect is innocent until proven guilty)