Reader input: Take close look at death penalty

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Last month the US Court of Appeals threw out a conviction of a death row inmate. This happens for a variety of reasons because we are, after all, dealing with a man made system, replete with all the human frailties of man. Forced confessions, witness misidentification, withheld evidence all have been shown the light of day by such advents as DNA testing. We make mistakes and have put to death innocent people. This alone should be enough for us to end the most unconscionable of society's acts. Tragically this will not influence some who have not had to deal with this calamity either personally of through a friend or loved one. To those I say, then look at the costs. On the subject of "killing", they are killing us.

Patrick R. Little, Auburn