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The death of Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice and so many other unarmed black males at the hands of the police over the past year has sparked national conversation about racism in law enforcement.

Should two brothers who were convicted of a horrific murderous crime spree be tried in court together and sentenced to death in one combined sentencing hearing? Alternatively, does justice mandate erecting a wall between their two cases and holding separate individualized hearings?

Like many people, I was outraged when I saw the video of Florida judge Jerri Collins throwing a woman in jail after holding her in contempt of court for not showing up to testify against her allegedly abusive husband.

Katie Ray-Jones

Chief Executive Officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect

Simply totally erasing the names of mass killers from the coverage, as some news outlets do, though, is only the starting point. The speculation and conjecture about the killer's motives makes it almost appear as though there is a rational or justification for why the killer did what he did.

What happens when death is taken off the table? Last week, Missouri's Governor bravely and correctly decided not to execute Kimber Edwards, an autistic man sentenced to death by an all-white jury in 2002 for hiring a hit man to kill his ex-wife.

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