The Dallas Morning News yesterday explained again their position favoring abolishing the death penalty in an Ask the Editor post:
For more than a century, this newspaper favored the death penalty. Beginning in 2003 – but, more earnestly, in 2006 -- the Editorial Board began to have misgivings. What with DNA technological advances, it was becoming clear that the death penalty wasn't flawless. That's why last year – after much debate and soul searching and after Texas authorized the alternative death sentence of prison without parole – we decided to revise our thinking. We simply couldn't reconcile the fact that the death penalty is both imperfect and irreversible.Sphere: Related Content
Perhaps this reader missed the fuller explanation of our thinking and the process by which we got to our new position. We published a special Points section on April 15, 2007, addressing this change of heart. And we published two additional editorials – "Life without parole should be new standard" and "Texas' next step" – the next day. This package of editorials – plus a dissenting column from one of our Editorial Board members and a variety of reader reactions, both pro and con – all appeared during these two days. We made clear we'd carefully considered dissenting views. All of these essays – plus the transcript of an online chat I did at the time – are collected at dallasnews.com/deathnomore.