A jury has decided murderer Briley Piper's fate. He will die at the hands of the state in a much more "civilized" fashion than did his victim. I put "civilized" inside quotes because this issue gives me considerable discomfort.
Too many innocent people have been put to death on the basis of a jury making a mistake, or a defense attorney making a mistake, or a judge making a mistake, or a cop making a mistake. But that is not the case with Piper. He confessed to one of the most brutal crimes ever committed in South Dakota. If ever there was a case that warranted a death sentence, this was it.
Please read Kevin Woster's piece on Blogmore here. Nobody should ever be surprised that Kevin has written something well. It is a valuable read.
There is enough sorrow over this case to darken an entire state. We are sorry for Chester and his mother. We are sorry for Piper's family, too.
But I am also sorry for the judges in this case. I cannot imagine what must go on inside the gut of a man who must compose and sign another's death warrant. It is an unimaginable burden we place upon or judges. And, yes I understand it is part of the job. But, it cannot be easy.
I have no sorrow for Mr. Piper.