The meandering journey of capital punishment

Friday, June 15, 2001 at 1:00am

This week, Timothy McVeigh was executed for the most heinous act of terrorism ever perpetrated in the United States. Although there were protests against the death penalty associated with his execution, apparently a vast majority of Americans felt that if capital punishment could ever be justified, it was indeed in this case.

However, the debate over capital punishment has increased dramatically over the last couple years. Recent polls indicate there has been some decline in public support for the ultimate penalty both in Tennessee and nationwide.

But nearly 40 states still have it as their law. A poll conducted two months after Tennessee

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