The St. Petersburg Times headline should have read, “Oba Chandler sentencing judge opposes death penalty.” Instead it read, “Judge Susan Schaeffer recalls Oba Chandler as a man with no soul.”
Reporter Sue Carlton didn’t lead or close with the two most important things the judge said, “Schaeffer calls it a “fairly broken system” that takes this long in a case “as bad as they get” with no mistakes in the trial. But she will also tell you she finds it distasteful that our civilized society employs the death penalty.”
That the SPT is no longer the go-to Florida newspaper for ethical reporting is a shame; falling in line with the rest of the rags that foment unreasoned rage for fun and profit betrays their subscribers, advertisers and shareholders.
The death penalty clogs our courts, keeps victims’ families in wholly unnecessary suspense (often for decades), and forces cuts to vital human services that cause additional loss of lives – of innocents. Billing taxpayers for justice is acceptable, billing taxpayers for medieval vengeance is not.
“Judge Susan Schaeffer recalls Oba Chandler as man with no soul,” Sue Carlton, St. Petersburg Times 11/18/11 http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/judge-susan-schaeffer-recalls-oba-chandler-as-a-man-with-no-soul/1202196