What is all the fuss about the death penalty in California? From my perspective, there has been a de facto moratorium on the death penalty for many years. What remains is the “threat” of the death penalty and even that is under attack.
Yet the death penalty threat serves as an important tool in the battle against the most egregious and horrific crimes imaginable. Many difficult cases have been solved by bargaining to remove the death penalty from consideration if additional information necessary to resolve this and other cases is given in exchange. Why would anyone want to surrender one of the most invaluable tools a prosecutor has in the quest for justice?
As for the chance that an innocent person may be executed, ask this question of an anti-death penalty advocate: “If all the prisoners on death row who have even the slightest doubt of guilt were returned to the general population of the prison with commuted sentences of life without the possibility of parole, would you then approve of the execution of the guilty?”
For those of you who care about this issue, look up the Petit murders in Connecticut.” Read what was done.
Ted Messerlian, Fresno