The State of Texas killed Guadalupe Esparza Wednesday night. There were no dramatic last minute appeals - Mr. Esparza had long since exhausted his appeals. Earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review claims that Mr. Esparza was mentally retarded.
The victim wasn't magically brought back from death. Her mother's life wasn't put back together. Nothing was accomplished in Huntsville.
Mr. Esparza wasn't a nice person. He had a very bad past going back to his days in school. His own testimony at his trial may very well have been what put that needle in his arm.
But did killing him make anything better?
What does it say about our society that we can't come up with another way to punish someone other than killing them?