A ballot initiative will give Californians a chance to ban the death penalty this November. Friedersdorf cheers them on:
[C]onservative support for the death penalty is problematic insofar as the right asks voters to believe both that 1) government is frequently inept and corrupt, and inclined to abuses of power; 2) government is capable of determining guilt with sufficient certainty to irreversibly impose the most extreme penalty there is. Here is a list of people executed when their guilt was in doubt. A former governor of Illinoissigned a death penalty ban in his state due partly to the alarming number of innocents who were on death row. Texas likely executed an innocent man.
(Chart from The Economist)