Allen Ault used to run the Georgia Diagnostic and Classifications Prison, where Troy Davis was executed yesterday. Mr. Ault joined with a half-dozen other wardens in pleading that the state not kill Mr. Davis, and that if they did, that they excuse any staffers who had doubts about his innocence.
Mr. Ault joined us by phone last night in our joint special coverage at 11 p.m. He told us:
When you're in the death chamber ordering an execution, and even if in your mind, if you're a man of conscience, actually believe somebody is guilty, it's still a very premeditated murder. I mean, it's scripted and rehearsed. It's about as premeditated as any killing that you can do. And then when there is doubt, either way it exacts a heavy toll on those who are charged by the state to execute somebody.
Individual death penalty cases are often debated in terms of justice -- whether the convicted person actually innocent, or whether the punishment fits the crime. But the larger question is about the state claiming the right to kill for criminal offenses. Mr. Ault joins us live tonight for an interview about the death penalty from his perspective. We'll see you at 9 Eastern.