‘Even killers are human beings of equal dignity to my own’
Unlike most Canadians, I have an intimate knowledge of capital punishment. As an American attorney, I aided in the appeals of death row inmates. I have sat across the table from convicted murderers. I have spoken to them. I have heard their stories and listened to their fears. I can honestly say that I have never met a person on death row who was both sober and sane at the time they committed their crimes.
I wasn’t always against the death penalty. I was born and raised in Oklahoma. That’s a culture where everyone carries guns, and murderers aren’t given mercy.