Seriously, I endorse the death penalty, but at the same time I have very little faith in juries. I've served on a number of juries and about half the people on those juries were dumber than a rock. Most of the lawyers who are appointed to defend most of the defendants who are mostly indigent couldn't care less about their clients and are incompetent anyway. My rule of thumb would be no death penalty where there is any doubt. Yeah I know that is a very hard standard to satisfy, but it could happen to any of us. How many here have been summoned to court and been treated completely fair every time. It has always cost me something--even if only a few bucks. In virtually every case there was no proof whatsoever that I had broken the law and in all but one case I was absolutely not guilty. The one incident where I admitted I had transgressed a little, the prosecutor strongly advised me to plead not guilty. It was only a misdemeanor and a very minor one. Fifty bucks and I was out of there. If I had done what the prosecutor wanted me to do, I most probably would have been nailed for lying to the court.
My point is that the legal system is too often a crap shoot and if your life is on the line, it should be very hard for the system to snuff you out. But hey, if it ain't my head on the block--hang the sumbeach.
Last edited by magooch; 06-24-2019 at 05:38 PM.