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DEATH OF THE DEATH PENALTY?

24-12-2007

Doctor Dave

Stirrer blogger Dr David Nicholl goes all Mystic Meg on us, and makes a few educated guesses about what will happen in the next 12 months - including the abolition of the death penalty in the US.

As 2007 draws to a close, I still can’t quite believe what a year it has been - a film, a blog, accusing one government minister of misleading the Public, and seeing someone I had been campaigning for 3 years get released to his home and family.

If you had told me these things 12 months ago, I would probably have told you that either someone had been tinkering with your Xmas drinks - or else I was on a sure-fire route to being arrested or sacked.

After the surprises of 2007, what will 2008 hold? Who knows after this year, but it is bound to be fun!

One thing that definitely won’t be happening in 2008 - some time ago I had seriously planned on running another marathon, this time in Texas, to highlight the injustices of the death penalty.

In one night I had even designed a website for the "Death Row runner - better a live man walking than a dead man running”. My plan seemed cunning and it couldn’t fail. As it was, it was all going swimmingly until my better half put the brakes on the scheme - 6 months training for another marathon would just be too much for the family.

As it is, I think the death penalty will have been stopped in the US for good by the end of 2008 as a result of an upcoming Supreme Court decision as to whether the death penalty is unconstitutional.  But, as we head towards 2008, I take my hat off to Blind Dave who will be running no less than 7 marathons in seven days in 2008.

Any other Stirrer predictions for 2008?

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