I just saw an article about this guy who may be the 1000th person executed. The whole idea saddens me really. I feel that the death penalty is not the right way to go. There have been numerous studies done that show that the death penalty doesn't deter would be killers.
In Biblcal times, the lord sanctioned capitol punishment (sometimes for seemingly lame things). I feel that capitol punishment is fine when it is sanctioned by the Lord, and is performed by the church. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that is what we will find in the Bible.
I think that while the Government is still ran by men not being directed by the lord, we should quit performing capitol punishment. There has been too much innocent blood shed to continue the practice in my opinion.