Eminent Domain v Death Penalty - Do We Value Property more than Human Life?

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There is not enough money to properly finance capital defense cases for indigent defense counsel. Yet millions of dollars are spent each year in the prosecution of capital punishment cases – nationally, the total is in the billions.

And this month, while the United States Supreme Court sends its message that because of the effectiveness of defense counsel or lack thereof, Porter lives and VanHorn dies with the Court moving on to decide who gets paid what for some sandy oceanfront beaches, we have to ask — do we value the taking of property more than human life in this country?

Sadly, it appears that we do.

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