The Bible teaches us that, after the High Priest dies, there shall be an amnesty for those killers exiled to the six cities of refuge.*
In memory of Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, would it not be fitting to institute an amnesty or moratorium for those on death row?
Do you think a Chief Justice Rehnquist Memorial Amnesty would appeal not only to opponents of the death penalty, but also to those trying to bring the Ten Commandments and other Judeo-Christian beliefs into our judicial system?
Maybe somebody should design a Chief Justice Rehnquist Memorial Amnesty logo to be placed on supporting blogs and websites? I will list all supporting links here...
PS2. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens against the death penalty
PS3. What might Jewish law (halakhah) teach about the death penalty in the U.S.? An article. Rabbi Asher Meir (citing R. Moshe Feinstein). Jewish-Catholic consultation. OU Rabbi Yosef Edelstein (from Wikipedia). Should Karla Have Been Executed? by Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz. On the electric chair: amicus brief, Bryan v. Moore, SCOTUS. (Jlaw) Lawrence Bush good article and Jewish Peace Fellowship analysis (tx Arieh).
Blogs: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty blog and on SCOTUS. Injustice Anywhere blog, e.g. on Massachusetts Gov. Romney’s proposal. a Public Defender blog.
* The 6 cities of refuge were to serve, in effect, as ancient prisons for those who had committed manslaughter. See Numbers 35:9-34, High Priest amnesty at v.28. Also Exodus 21:12-14, Deut. 19:1-13, Joshua 20)