death penalty

What Does Pro-Life Mean?

By Barbara Baum Levine Dear “Pro-Lifer”: Consider carefully what “pro-life” actually means and whether YOU actually fit its description: People who are pro-life do not support forcibly separating children from their parents and imprisoning them in unspeakable conditions, all because… Read More ›

Beyond Reasonable Doubt

For nearly 300 years following its founding until 1909, Virginia’s capital punishment preference was hanging. Up to 1918, another 90 individuals were dispatched by lynching, sometime characterized by the euphemistic term “extra-judicial” procedure. In a race to lead, Virginia has… Read More ›

The Executioner’s Song

Editors’ Note: Sourced from AP News, April 17, 2020. The career of Virginia’s executioner opens questions about reasonable doubt. Jerry Givens, who served as Virginia’s chief executioner for 17 years before he himself was sent to prison and later became… Read More ›

Death Be Not Proud

Death be not proud: the opening words to Holy Sonnet X by the English poet John Donne (1572-1631) are generally interpreted by literary scholars as a prelude to the balance of the sonnet’s theme, asserting that death is truly powerless in… Read More ›