It is tempting to pretend that [convicts] on death row share a fate in no way connected to our own, that our treatment of them sounds no echoes beyond the chambers in which they die. Such an illusion is ultimately corrosive, for the reverberations of injustice are not so easily confined...and the way in which we choose those who will die reveals the depth of moral commitment among the living.
-Justice Brennan, dissenting in
McCleskey v. Kemp 481 U.S. 219 (1987)
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