Lawrence Russell Brewer was one of three men convicted of killing a man by dragging him behind a pickup — a heinous, senseless murder.
Troy Anthony Davis was convicted of killing a police officer by shooting him three times — a heinous, senseless murder.
Last night, in Texas, the state administered lethal substances to Brewer while he was under restraint — a clinical, legal murder.
Shortly afterward, in Georgia, the state administered lethal substances to Davis while he was under restraint — a clinical, legal murder.
In Texas, there was very little uproar as an almost certainly guilty man went more or less quietly to his demise.
In Georgia, supporters fought and protested until the very end to save the life of a man who was very probably not guilty.
Brewer will be forgotten, his guilt assumed, his name a footnote of justice.
Davis will be remembered, his guilt questioned, his name a headline of doubt.
Both will remain dead.