Steve Chapman on Why James Holmes Should Get Life in Prison, Not the Death Penalty



After deciding to pursue the execution of the man charged with fatally shooting 12 people in a Colorado movie theater last summer, the prosecutor declared that "for James Egan Holmes, justice is death." By that definition, he might have added, justice is also highly unlikely. If we know anything about the death penalty in this country, writes Steve Chapman, it's that there is nothing swift or sure about it.