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Killing executions

In this time of peace on Earth toward men of goodwill and a little boy murdered 20 years ago, on the way to see Santa Claus, I've been thinking about Debra Milke and others on death row.

She is no longer there or incarcerated because a star witness, a detective, allegedly lied about her confession. I've wondered if that is a rare exception to the rule or are mistaken convictions made often enough to be a concern.

Now, the information is released that executions are decreasing in the United States because of concerns about costs, flawed prosecutions and the shortage of the drugs used to carry out lethal injections.

A number of professionals from the legal world are noticing that while 32 states still have the death penalty on the books, only nine conducted lethal injections this past year. Even Texas, where executions had become almost a way of life, has seen a consistent decline.

Possibly, life without benefit of parole is being seen as less risky justice. Of course, North Korea's system is the least risky: shoot the defendant on his way out of the courtroom.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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