Kirk was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a child. A particularly heinous crime, the jury must have felt righteous to choose death. The problrm was: The jury did not have all the facts they needed to pin the blame on Kirk. After nine years on death row, Kirk was exonerated by DNA. Today, there is a book about his experiences, a film in production, and Kirk travels the country, giving talks, hoping to convince increasing numbers of people to abolish the death penalty.
Due to the many exonerations of people on death row, it is estimated that at least 25 percent of those still condemned to die may be innocent.
At the least, the innocence of Kirk Bloodworth and Kerry Max Cook should be proof enough that it is wrong to consider a shorter time between conviction and execution, wrong to consider making it more difficult to challenge a conviction.