This Hot Air OpEd gets it right about yesterday's execution of Kelly Gissendaner for the murder of her husband almost 20 years ago. Gissendaner was not the trigger man; she got her boyfriend to do it for her. He cut a deal, turned state's witness against her, and will be eligible for parole in seven more years.
Should this seem like a miscarriage of justice? It's much like the way we get an ironclad case against Mafia boss in exchange for a lighter sentence against the underling who did the wet work. It just seems weird because we're not used to seeing a woman in the role of mastermind. We also don't like the idea of the boyfriend testifying against her to save himself: wasn't he supposed to be acting as her white knight in knocking off the husband?