U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder reflected on his legacy in an interview with the Marshall Project, the criminal justice-themed journalism venture headed by former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, reported the Wall Street Journal.
Here is what he had to say about the death penalty:
Mr. Holder, who says he is personally opposed to capital punishment, predicted that America will one day execute an innocent death-row inmate, if it hasn’t already.
“Men and women who are dedicated, but dedicated men and women can make mistakes. And I find it hard to believe that in our history that has not happened,” Mr. Holder said. “I think at some point, we will find a person who was put to death and who should not have been, who was not guilty of a crime,” he said, taking issue with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s suggestion in 2006 that the nation’s capital punishment system has never made such an error.
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