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Death, Be Not Ironbound

Verdicts sending men to the gallows can often go awry

Death, Be Not Ironbound
Illustration by Sorit
Death, Be Not Ironbound
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Ajmal Kasab falls undoubtedly under the now famous ‘rarest of rare cases’ category of murderers who richly deserve to be hanged until death. This one time I am inclined to suppress my abhorrence of capital punishment. National sentiment should perhaps prevail over any other predilection on the subject whenever such mass murders take place.

Having said that, I am not sure how many of my brethren know how wrong a judicial verdict (jury in the case of America) can go sometimes while sending a man or woman to the gallows. The history of criminal justice in the US is replete with instances of those on death row being saved on the eve of their execution by a DNA report that has just reached the state governor or the prison authorities. Such a report more or less conclusively proves that the man in custody is not the murderer or the rapist who has been found guilty by the court. Law in the US provides for a DNA test at the request of a convict, especially where such testing has not been done earlier during the investigation or where...

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