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When justice becomes vengeance

"Sometimes I just feel like I'm leaking grief from my pores."

The comment, a poetic admittance of emotional exhaustion, came as Cheryl Pilate awaited a phone call from the U.S. Supreme Court on March 20. The call would either spare the life of her client, a death row inmate, or it would not. She knew the wait well -- this wasn't her first execution.

The clock hit 5:35 p.m.

After 6 p.m. the state of Missouri

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