Trustworthy disagreement stays over capital punishment on this state. This editorial board has urged its discontinuance; many others consider simply as strongly that it must be preserved.
However all considerate individuals can agree that the dying penalty, if used, ought to be utilized rigorously, sparingly, and reserved for the “worst of the worst” offenders — an ordinary that Wooden, whereas culpable, doesn’t meet.
“On the time of the jury trial on this case, I used to be a newly licensed lawyer with thirteen months of expertise … the choice to hunt the dying penalty was mine,” Wilke wrote. “Once more, I now respectfully request that this offender’s demise sentence be commuted to a capital homicide life sentence.”
Sadly, regardless of robust bipartisan efforts, state lawmakers passed on a chance to reform Texas statute relating to the “regulation of events” use in capital instances throughout their most up-to-date session. It is a problem that have to be revisited.
Within the meantime, a rising refrain that bridges the political spectrum is looking on Gov. Greg Abbott to intervene on this case.
Abbott, delicate to defending his pink-state bona fides, has not decreased a capital sentence to life since he took workplace in 2015. However the case of Jeff Wooden can be a wise and honorable place to start out.