According to a new report out of Columbia Law School – execution-happy Texas put an innocent man to death back in 1989. The report concludes that Carlos DeLuna was innocent – andt wrongfully executed for the murder of Wanda Lopez in 1983. The police investigation was – according to the report – filled with “numerous missteps, missed clues and missed opportunities that let authorities prosecute Carlos DeLuna for the crime of murder, despite evidence not only that he did not commit the crime but that another individual, Carlos Hernandez, did.”
With the controversial execution of Troy Davis still fresh in our mind - one has to wonder just how many more innocent inmates suffered the same fate as Carlos DeLuna – and how many innocent men are currently serving on death row. The death penalty must be abolished today – before we as a society commit another irreversible and tragic error.