[Deathpenalty]death penalty news --- CALIF.
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Wed Dec 22 16:53:30 CST 2004
death penalty news
December 22, 2004
Peterson's verdict and the death penalty
For once, the system worked.
If we are going to have a death penalty in California -- and the need for a
serious review is compelling -- it was tailor-made for Scott Peterson.
His crime was reprehensible, his guilt was overwhelming, his legal
representation was first class, his trial was undeniably thorough and fair.
He earned his place on Death Row.
Just remember, however, this case is atypical. The overwhelming majority of
Peterson's 650 Death Row contemporaries in California never had superstar
attorney Mark Geragos at their side and a legion of legal experts
scrutinizing every detail of a six-month trial.
The debate over the death penalty should not be about Peterson. He had his
day in court -- and then some. It should be about the potential margin of
error in many other convictions. It should be about the evidence that
suggests capital punishment is not a deterrent, as it surely was not for
Peterson. It should be about the morality of the state taking a life.
Executions occur so rarely in this state that the odds suggest Peterson is
more likely to die of old age than lethal injection.
Even so, he will be housed for the rest of his life with the worst of the
worst, which is exactly where he belongs.
(source: San Francisco Chronicle / South Bend (Indiana) Tribune)
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