Boston Bombing Trial May Show Whether the Death Penalty is Alive or Just Undead

Mario Cuomo's stand against the death penalty was his signature act of public conscience. But today, it seems no politician will follow.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene after two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

(Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Mario Cuomo, who died last Thursday, was responsible for building more prison cells in New York than any governor in state history. That he is being hailed as the “poet” of American liberalism surprises and frustrates in certain liberal pockets.

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