You might have heard that the Supreme Court stayed an execution scheduled for Tuesday in Texas because the convict was not able to have a spiritual adviser present with him in the death chamber. Ruben Gutierrez had been sentenced to death for the 1998 murder of an elderly mobile-home park owner during a robbery.

With the death penalty back in the news, the ACLU decided it was a good time to remind everyone that the death penalty arose from lynching, which makes it even worse somehow.

Listen, we can argue the death penalty all day, but don’t tell us it evolved from lynching.

And then the ACLU came along to set everything right.


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