From this day forward, I no longer will tinker with the machinery of death.

 QUOTE OF THE DAY

 ``From this day forward, I no longer will tinker with the machinery of
 death.  For more than 20 years I have endeavored -- indeed, I have
 struggled, along with a majority of this Court -- to develop procedural
 and substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of
 fairness to the death penalty endeavor...  Rather than continue to coddle
 the Court's delusion that the desired level of fairness has been
 achieved and the need for regulation eviscerated, I feel morally and
 intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty
 experiment has failed.  It is virtually self-evident to me now that no
 combination of procedural rules or substantive regulations ever can save
 the death penalty from its inherent constitutional deficiencies.  The
 basic question -- does the system accurately and consistently determine
 which defendents `deserve' to die?  -- cannot be answered in the
 affirmative...  The problem is that the inevitability of factual, legal,
 and moral error gives us a system that we know must wrongly kill some
 defendants, a system that fails to deliver the fair, consistent and
 reliable sentences of death required by the Constitution.''

    -- Harry A.  Blackmun

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