"Maybe if Richardson..."
This is what gets to me about people who support knee-jerk, situational ethics when applied to people you "feel" are guilty or even not guilty, for that matter.
You can't get past your emotions long enough to even get the guy's name straight but you think you know enough to send the guy to the death chamber.
And the poor bastard was tried by twelve people just like you.
You went berserk over one misspoken name...that's mature.
You also are guilty of inaccurately describing Scott Peterson as a poor bastard.
As I remember it - his parents are legally married and could be described financially as middle class. ($10k in cash ain't broke).
No, the point I was trying to make was the guy was tried by people just like EVERYONE-All kinds of people, sex, race, economic strata.
What was this guy's lawyer doing (In the case I described)...Didn't he tell the guy not to antagonize the jury? Didn't anyone know better? The jury is made up of ordinary people, not trained in Law. As such they are going to act like ordinary people. Most of them do not even want to be there. Why would a defendent go out of his way to get these people down on him? It made no sense.