Jackley quotes MLK Jr. to support capital punishment

Attorney General Marty Jackley’s office sent out a press release this morning noting that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from death-row inmate Charles Rhines, Rhines is on death row for the 1992 murder of Donnivan Schaeffer.

Jackley is quoted in the release, which includes a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The United States Supreme Court’s order today affirms that South Dakota has taken proper precautions in drafting and implementing its death penalty statutes to assure that they meet constitutional requirements. Donnivan Schaeffer’s family has waited 22 years in their search for justice. In the wake of yesterday’s day of remembrance, it is well to recall what Martin Luther King Jr. recognized in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail: ‘Justice too long delayed is justice denied.’”

What’s odd about that is Martin Luther King opposed capital punishment. Here’s a column about that from David A. Love, the executive director of Witness to Innocence. Love attributes this quote to King:

"I do not think that God approves the death penalty for any crime, rape and murder included. Capital punishment is against the better judgment of modern criminology, and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God."