Skip to comments.:Do you think Scot Peterson will get the Death Penalty?
Posted on 11/20/2004 7:21:35 PM PST by BellStar
Please Freep this poll!Do you think Scot Peterson will get the Death Penalty?
He should, but I predict he won't.
I don't think anyone who was convicted of a crime without the kind of physical evidence in this case should get the death penalty. Putting this guy away for life is good enough for me.
do i care? no
I believe he will not. However, I believe it would be to Peterson's advantage to get the death penalty as it will increase his chances on appeal and he would probably never be executed anyway (I think there are more than 400 death row inmates in California). An appellate court is much less likely to find "harmless error" where the DP is involved.
He should get life.
That way the state will save millions on his appeals.
Poll here for you too.
It's the NBA thing now.
Yeah, that's the ticket. Lock him in a room with the Indiana Pacers ... or with the Detroit Pistons' fans.
Nope. No blood, no smoking gun, method/location of murder unknown.
I have no feel. Obviously, few people have ever been convicted on so little evidence--never by an impartial jury--and, even then, they had to dismiss dissenters and put two headhunters in as substitutes.
I hope so.
Now that raises an interesting point. If the evidence of guilt isn't good enough to sentence a defendant to death, is it acceptable to sentence that same defendant to life in prison w/o parole based on that very same evidence?
I'm thinking that if the concerted effort Peterson made to pull this murder off is highlighted in the penalty phase, the plotting, planning, concealment and absolute devious nature of his crimes, he will. The death penalty is made so society doesn't have to waste the tax $$$'s to support a monster like this @ $200,000 per year for, conceivably, the next 50 years.
He should, he'll get the sentence, but whether it's actually imposed out there is anyone's guess.
Scott Peterson will live longer on death row than he will in the general prison population. If he is exposed to the general prison population, he will be killed in short order.
That said, I think if this jury is given the penalty issue, they will give him the death penalty.
So how did you vote?
He should be made to watch the news reports about his trial every day for 24/7 until he goes completely mad and starts drooling like a rabid dog.
Then execute him.
Hey, if we had to endure this nonsense for 6 months, the least he can do is watch it until he goes bonkers
Guilt was determined on circumstances and beyond a reasonable doubt. Sentencing is s different ball game. Death I should think would have to present more "evidence" than beyond a reasonable doubt.
You're asking the wrong group of Americans.
Ask the "Main Stream Media" they know all about these kinds of things.
Hell they create them, manipulate them, nurture them,
and arrainge the outcome.
Go ask Them. Because,Frankly My Dear.......
In California, it doesn't really matter. Even if he gets the death penalty, it will take two lifetimes to ever carry it out.
If there is no "reasonable doubt" that he did it, why not give him the needle? What standard (above "beyond a reasonable doubt") would you advocate?
This jury is getting to decide the penalty phase.
I answered the question in the FreeRepublic headline (Will Peterson get the death penalty?) before I read the underlying poll (Should Peterson get the death penalty?). My answer to both questions is the same.
Since his conviction is only beyond a reasonable doubt he should get life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Only had there been no doubt that he did it, proven by hard evidence, should he get the death penalty.
It is too bad, because the person who did it really deserves to die.
Well, I would have voted to convict. I am not against the death penalty but in this case there is no blood evidence or even a manner of killing that tied it to Scott. In my opinion, it was his actions, the dumping ground, and the tapes that did him in. I have my ideas on how he did it but it is sheer speculation. I could not vote death penalty on this crime. Logic is not the law and trying to tie the conviction to the sentence doesn't work. I deflect to life in place of death. In other words, they did not prove with blood, witnesses, smoking gun type evidence he actually killer them. They did however prove circumstances were beyond a reasonable doubt that he killed them.
He won't get death.
It is possible that he didn't do it.
It is just very unlikely.
Had there been more than circumstantial evidence there would have been no doubt he did it.
That's the difference.
I agree. Life.
Whether he does or not, the liklihood of him being lethally injected is between slim and none. California has many people on death row, and zero executions.
The will of the people be damned, rogue politicians do whatever the hell they please.
Should he get the death penalty? Absolutely! He should have gotten two counts of premeditated murder, not just one. At least he did get one.
Garagos, what the hell do you provide for all that money?
I think he will get life, and he will have to really suffer for what he did.
Two lifetimes he'll spend on death row waiting. Does a very good job of keeping him from ever geting clemency.
I'd like him to get life so he can be housed in the general jail population.
I haven't been following this reaaaallly closely, but I recall that Geragos had been asking for a different jury for the penalty phase... was that resolved? I thought it was part of a new motion to change venue, etc., etc.
Same jury will hear the penalty phase, beginning on Monday.
Geragos can bitch all he wants. :)
Yes, I want Scottie to get the real feel of the general population. :)
The US Supreme Court determined the death penalty was cruel and unusual and everyone on death row had their sentence commuted to life.
Horton's sentence was commuted to life in prison.
Michael Dukakis thought this conviceted murderer was entitled to weekend passes out of jail.
The rest is history.
Garagos didn't charge a dime. It was all pro bono. Why do you think he didn't bother to show up when the jury came back?
Yes, it always does my heart good when Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, Squeaky Frome and others go in for their parole hearings. What a revolting situation.
Ouch. Well Scott did get what he paid for then. LOL
As much as I dislike Garagos, the verdict came in early surprising just about everyone. He was in Los Angeles.
I totally believe in the death penalty, but there are things worse than death. Life in prison, in a small cell 23 hours a day would qualify as worse than death where scott is concerned.
No golf, no women, no fancy clothes or haircuts. Just surrounded by angry men who hate baby killers.
No it was not Pro Bono! Mom and dad hocked house and all they had!
He lied to his parents about a golf scholarship to San Jose State College.
He left the school under suspicious circumstances.
Not sure what she knew but I remember early on in the case a woman came on TV and said that her daughter disappeared from her college campus and when the police wanted to question Scott he refused.
There is something else out there on this piece of garbage.
From what I have garnered about Pelican Bay, I suspect incarceration there would be a good deal worse than death.
And, I suspect that is where this case is heading.
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