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When the state errs in the execution of a convicted criminal...

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When the state errs in the execution of a convicted criminal, what should be done?

Question presumes that 1) the execution has already taken place, and 2) new evidence is produced (or lingers) to demonstrate either factual innocence or at least serious and legitimate doubt.

What should the state do?

- Leave it alone? It's done.

- Destroy the evidence immediately after execution and pretend nothing happened so they can't be called on it?

- Pursue it to find the truth? What good would that do, right?

Then, let's say they do pursue it, and agree that a mistake has been made. What then?

- Leave it alone? It's done.

- Sell the movie rights?

- Compensate the deceased's heirs? If so, how much?
 

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When the state errs in the execution of a convicted criminal, what should be done?

Question presumes that 1) the execution has already taken place, and 2) new evidence is produced (or lingers) to demonstrate either factual innocence or at least serious and legitimate doubt.

What should the state do?

- Leave it alone? It's done.

- Destroy the evidence immediately after execution and pretend nothing happened so they can't be called on it?

- Pursue it to find the truth? What good would that do, right?

Then, let's say they do pursue it, and agree that a mistake has been made. What then?

- Leave it alone? It's done.

- Sell the movie rights?

- Compensate the deceased's heirs? If so, how much?

Formally exonerate the individual, and reinvestigate (if applicable).
 

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Exonerate the individual, give compensation to remaining family (within reason of course), and reopen the case (again within reason). Finally, abolish the death penalty so it can never happen again.
 
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