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Justice, Albeit Delayed

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Roderick Moore and LaTanya Boone were shot to death in Fort Worth, Texas in November 1995. The same night, Darrel Hoyle and Henry Truevillian were found shot and burned in a burning car. Hoyle survived but Truevillian did not. Justice for these crimes was finally carried out today. Michael Graczyk has this story for AP.

Justice has been even slower for Rebecca Suzanne Howell. In 1982, the 26-year-old Jacksonville State University student was abducted from a coin-operated laundry, bound with duct tape, raped, suffocated, and thrown off a bridge. The perpetrator was scheduled to be executed a year ago, but a stay was granted by the U.S. Supreme Court, presumably pending its decision on lethal injection in Baze v. Rees. This time the high court denied the stay. Garry Mitchell has this pre-execution story for AP quoting several of Ms. Howell's relatives.

Throughout the land we hear a chorus of voices claiming that because justice takes so long and costs so much in cases such as these we should forgo justice and let the perpetrators off with inadequate sentences. No, we should just make the process go faster and cost less. We have known all along what needs to be done. We just need legislators with the backbone to do it.

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Absolutely. It is appalling that these delays, which typically have nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of the criminal, inflict such pain on victims.

I think that Truevillian did not make it.

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