Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Scott Peterson condemned to Death!

Oh, the horror! Oh, the humanity! The evil government has consigned yet another human to be murdered! How can we as a society condone state sponsored murder? Will someone please think of the children?!?

Oh wait.

Peterson killed his child. Screw him, let him burn! I have no compassion for a man who could murder his wife and his unborn child. To top that off, he was boinking another woman, who had a child of her own, and telling her he "lost" his wife. Well, he didn't lose her, he just forgot where he dumped the body. This creep deserves worse than a clean easy death. As it is, in California dying on death row occurs more often from old age than execution. If he had been given life in prison, he would have been put in an a$$-pounding prison and most likely would have been shanked in a few months. Not a very nice way to go, but perhaps more fitting for his crime.

Now some will complain that it is not humane to execute prisoners when you can't be 100% certain of their guilt. They hold up several cases where people on death row have been exonerated after DNA testing. What those people neglect to mention is that of the cases that have been challenged and where DNA testing has been ordered, only a fraction of convictions are reversed. The also neglect to mention the automatic and mandatory appeals which are filed on behalf of the convicted.

In this particular case, I think the evidence is pretty convincing, even if it is "circumstantial." The death sentence is quite appropriate for Scott Peterson, even if it is too good for him.