Arizona Executes Prisoner, Ending 8 Year Hiatus

    Photo: Arizona Department of Corrections [via CBS News]

    The Facts

    • Convicted Arizona murderer, Clarence Dixon, was put to death on Wed., ending a nearly eight-year pause in the state's use of capital punishment.

    • Dixon was convicted for the 1978 murder of Arizona State University student Deana Bowdoin. The case remained unsolved until 2008 when DNA technology linked him to the murder. He was already serving a life sentence for sexual assault.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    While Dixon was by no means innocent, he was a vulnerable schizophrenic who couldn't even grasp the reason for his execution. Capital punishment is purportedly about delivering justice and upholding the law, but, in reality, it's an unspoken scale where some lives matter more than others.

    Right narrative

    Although the judge found that Dixon suffered from schizophrenia, he also found him to have been rational and competent enough to understand the severity of his abhorrent crime. Capital punishment brings closure to families and friends of victims like Bowdoin and ensures real justice is achieved.

    Political split



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