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That was a close one! A man who single-handedly put to death more people than Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde and a host of others almost received a life sentence on appeal because of bureaucratic bungling by a government agency. Fortunately, the fact that Timothy McVeigh boasted of his crime and that further evidence was judged to be immaterial allowed the original sentence to be carried out.

I say it was fortunate because many editors, columnists, commentators and pundits were able to publish and air their columns, editorials and on-camera pieces on the death penalty they had been working on since the original date was set.

There is a downside, though. Every year on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, the media won't be able to interview him in prison. There won't be any further delving into how the U.S. Army made him a killer. Authors of a year-old book probably won't get on more than one or two talk shows, unless they write a sequel.

However, there will be continuing discussion of the death penalty, its cruelty, our collective and individual guilt, and the horrifying possibility that the person may be innocent. They may be on to something. The descriptions of the execution in excruciating detail as told by those present was chilling.

Perhaps a select group of those folks and some important members of the media could be called upon to take seats behind a one-way glass panel to witness an abortion.



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