I'm looking for a short story that I read in Grade 8 (2000-2001), but have been unable to find online.
- The primary theme of this story is the morality of capital punishment
- The story deals with a future society that puts people into a deadly apartment while their trial takes place, they sit and wait for judgement, unconnected to the trial or the outside world
- The apartment has something in it that kills the person when they're found guilty
- The protagonist is found NOT GUILTY in the end, however when they go to open the door to leave, it's revealed the doorknob has a small needle in it which injects and immediately kills the GUILTY person
Here is what someone else added when I asked on another site:
*I think it's older than that, because I feel I read it in the mid 1980s. I thought it might have been in 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories, because I was reading a ton of those Asimov/Greenberg/Olander collections around that time, but I had a quick look and couldn't see it. From memory, he was actually found guilty, but if he stayed in the room for seven days he was free to go, and the timing on his release was out? Possibly that anthology also had "Now Inhale" by Eric Frank Russell If that rings a bell the anthology would be TV:2000. If not, I might be leading you down the wrong path.*
I would really appreciate if someone could help me out with this one, it's bugging me!