I won't pretend to be a lawyer, but all I'm saying is it would suck to be put to death for a crime you did not commit, which is the only reason why I would be against the death penalty. However, in cases where there is certainty I completely support the death penalty. Where there is circumstantial evidence that leads to the guilty sentence, perhaps it makes sense not to have the death penalty on the table." "The only thing we don't need is a 20 plus year wait before these types are put to death. I used to always be against the death penalty as a kid, because my fear was always executing an innocent person. But now, I am 100% for it, I think lawyers simply need to draft something that distinguishes between cases with doubt versus certainty of guilt, and death for all certain murderers/rapists/career criminals would likely lead to a 0% re-offender rate for said convicts!
The problem is, you can't have it both ways. In all cases of wrongful conviction from Milgard on, all those involved were "certain" that the accused were guilty, which is why they manufactured evidence to support their case. "Eye witnesses" are notoriously unreliable, so, unless there is a HD video camera capturing the event in broad daylight and clear close up face shots as well as DNA, etc...we'll never really be 100% sure.
Someone made an interesting comment on a related story. Until we a police force with enough credibility to ascertain if someone is drunk after partying with them for 9 hours of drinking before that person drives away and kills someone stopped at a red light on the highway, we'd be irresponsible to allow their testimony to be admissible in a death penalty case.
The reason it is expensive is because, when the state decides it has the right to take a life, there are a huge amount of necessary appeals and judicial balances that MUST be built into the system to prevent the state from killing the wrongly convicted. These are massively expensive processes for the state. There are also extra costs with keeping someone on death row, often for many years -- almost $100,000 more USD in some states per prisoner for a single death row inmate, than the cost of keeping that inmate in gen. pop.
Although many people believe, having never researched the issue whatsoever, that the death penalty is cheaper than maintaining someone in prison for life, there is a massive wealth of published statistics documenting that this is false. The death penalty is a huge money sink, in addition to its other problems and issues -- and it costs resources that could be more effectively spent on preventing crime.
Amazing that such a barbaric practice can still happen in the 21st century. What's next - chopping off hands for shoplifting?
I'm sure this man's death does absolutely nothing for the families of the victims.