"Executions Should Be Televised" (Sunday Review, July 31, 2011) is somewhat naive. I did the only case ever tried about televising executions, in federal court in San Francisco in 1991. While the response to a televised execution would not be monolithic, I assume televising executions would be degrading to all, participants and spectators. But the only thing worse than televising executions is allowing our government both to continue to carry out capital punishment and to prohibit the people from watching.
William Bennett Turner