The only way to make the death penalty fair is to abolish it
One might think that DNA is a magic bullet. Kirk Bloodsworth knows different after being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. He testified before a Maryland legislative committee that DNA exonerations only reveal that murder cases are often riddled with problems, including mistaken eyewitnesses, incompetent lawyers, shoddy forensics, unreliable jailhouse snitches and coerced confessions.
Maryland has failed to find an evenhanded, just and fair-minded way to apply the death penalty. The only way to prevent executing an innocent person is to repeal the death penalty in our state.
The writer is Mid-Atlantic regional director of Amnesty International USA.