The AJC wants to know if Georgia can afford the death penalty.
An accused killer from Pike County has sat in jail for nearly four years without a trial — not because of any problems with the evidence but because the state is seeking the death penalty and cannot pay for the man’s defense.
There’s been an orchestrated effort over the years to drive up the costs of death penalty cases so much that it becomes unreasonable to do them. It is an intentional strategy where the strategy’s proponents hide behind the constitution. That’s fair and smart, but it is also disingenuous to deny that is the strategy.
Some people need killin’ by the state, but a minority opposed is doing its best to bankrupt the system to prevent it from happening. It really is a smart strategy and death penalty proponents have yet to come up with an effective way to combat the strategy.