Monday, July 18, 2005 Editorial Don't be fooled by 'foolproof' law In a complex world rife with uncertainty, Governor Romney claims he can be absolutely certain about an issue of life and death. Mr. Romney told the Judiciary Committee last week that his bill restoring capital punishment to the state is "infallible" because the burden of proof is so high that there is no possibility of false executions. Several states are considering abandonment of the death penalty because so many innocent men sent to death row because of mistakes or willingly false statements have been released in recent years, but the governor is bucking the tide with legislation he arrogantly believes is foolproof. Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless wisely pointed out to the panel that any system reliant upon people, even if well-intentioned, is subject to error and cannot by definition be foolproof. The House has stood firm against the death penalty, most recently in 2001. It should do so again in the case of this bill, and this time the Senate should join it.