This episode is a vehemently anti death penalty tract. Outside of a flashback to the murder and a statement that a clemency board may rewrite law so that no one is executed, it is absolutely one sided.
Except for the wife of the murder victim (who is treated like dirt), everyone is anti death penalty. No one gives a thought to the victim or the family (wife). The wife of the murderer berates her. The feeling as though anyone who wants the many to pay with his life is insane of evil. The Prestons talk of reaching people as if there could be no other possible sane decision, but to commute the sentence.
At the end, the supposedly rehabilitated man believes that he has a right to be set free even though he feels no remorse and admitted that he could kill again.
It ends with his sentence being commuted.
All sympathy to the murderer. No thought at all to the victim. The sad thing is that there are people who have values as twisted as those who chose to write and air this episode. Were it like others in this series, it would have explored both ideas in an adult mature fashion.
To do so would have weakened their mission to end the death penalty.
A sad misfire in an excellent series.
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