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The Illusory Value of the Death Penalty

Ms Kelly Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 6:15 PM
I’m willing to bet that anyone arguing for the death penalty has never had a run-in with the law. I use to think that law enforcement was about finding the truth and getting justice for the victim. That’s until my daughter was arrested. District Attorneys (prosecutors) are elected by the people. All the sleaze of politics is also part of the justice system. Prosecutors must show a high conviction rate in order to win the confidence of the people and get reelected. To do that, prosecutors go after the person who is the easiest target, whether they are guilty or not. A prosecutor’s main goal is to convince 12 men and women of someone’s guilt, and they have all the resources of city government to get the job done.
Troglodite Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 6:21 PM
By my observations, DA's seek high conviction rates largely by means of plea bargains which allow some real plug-uglies to get out of jail well before they should. Given this contempt for justice and for their duty, it should not be surprised if they railroad the innocent as readily as they free the guilty.
After deciding to pursue the execution of the man charged with fatally shooting 12 people in a Colorado movie theater last summer, the prosecutor declared that "for James Egan Holmes, justice is death." By that definition, he might have added, justice is also highly unlikely.

Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler might have resolved this case quickly, simply and inexpensively. Holmes' lawyers say their client would be willing to plead guilty for a sentence of life without parole. But the prosecutor declined.

Not much should be made of this announcement, since he has plenty of time and many reasons to change his mind....