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Get Rid of the Death Penalty, Get Rid of Plea Bargains

2rightsmakealeft Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 11:38 AM
Capital punishment does not mean to kill innocents but, unlike a car accident that results in death, the sole purpose of capital punishment is death. I am not misguided. I have done extensive research and have found that because of the systematic exclusion of certain groups of people onto capital juries, death qualified juries are not only more likely to convict the defendant, they are also more likely to believe the judge, prosecutor and defense attorney believe the defendant to be guilty. If a jury is predisposed to believe the defendant is guilty, how can we possible trust the verdict?

Recently, editorial page editor John Diaz asked Mark Klaas whether he expects to feel closure if California executes Richard Allen Davis, the man who kidnapped, toyed with and then killed Klaas' 12-year-old daughter, Polly, in 1993. A jury found Davis guilty and sentenced him to death in 1996.
From the early days after Davis snatched Polly from a Petaluma slumber party, Klaas has been a highly visible advocate for strong laws to protect the public, especially children, from career criminals and predators like Davis. He had come to the San Francisco Chronicle with other opponents of Proposition 34, the...