If Gore were governer of wherever the hell he's from, and that state allowed the death penalty, would he have as high a rate of executions as George Junior? I think not.
As for the 20%, it's a figure I caught from a documentary about Texas' Death Row prisoners a couple of years ago. I mean christ, even if the figure is less than one percent, it's still too fucking high.
The "lawful" killing of a prisoner will never be foolproof or without loopholes, and no-one should die as a result of the fact that the system relies on humans to NOT be affected by human error. That's fucked up.
There is no way of being 100% sure of any given person's actions, and taking away their life on the basis of a year long trial, or even a decade long trial, can never be justified in my opinion.
Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kosinski (sp?)... PROVE to me that they did it. I'm not talking about eliminating "reasonable doubt", I mean REAL UNDENIABLE PROOF. It does not exist.
Keep the fuckers in jail. I hear it's not the nicest place in the world. Oh, even better, send them to Sierra Leone. But do not take away a person's life.
Sidenote: I'm not American, and I'm FUCKING glad we don't have the death penalty here. Our population, not unlike yours, is largely fucking stupid.