reporting on the Cleveland man freed after 29 years in prison. Yesterday a Cuyahoga County judge freed Ray Towler after DNA evidence proved Towler was not the rapist of an 11 year old girl three decades earlier. The Judge, Eileen A. Gallagher, descended from the bench and with tears streaming down her face embraced Mr. Towler who smiled and said he was walking out into "the light."
Look, Ray Towler wasn't on death row in Ohio, but do we need further evidence of why capital punishment is such a bad idea? Until recent decades in Georgia and throughout the south, ( at least, until Corker v. Ga. in 1977), criminal defendants were executed for rape. Want to guess how many innocent men, particularly black men went to their deaths at the hands of a vengeful society intent on stamping out the crime of rape?