Date registered: Feb 2007
Location: Florida, USA
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The biggest problem with death penalty in this country is the unfairness of how it is applied. Rich people who can hire an army of lawyers are much less likely to get the death penalty for the same crimes than poor people. Those without means are often assigned public defenders who have been known to do nothing for their clients, and were even seen sleeping during the trial. A good case example here is that of A. Bannister who was executed some time ago for allegedly murdering a drug dealer. His guilt was never conclusively proven and evidence (i.e. bullet trajectory) supported his claim that the gun was pointed at him, he fought with the gunman and the gun went off accidentally during the scuffle and killed the drug dealer. The prosecution alleged that he shot the drug dealer in cold blood from some distance away. His public defender had this much to say in his "defense". "Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury: You heard the evidence and I have nothing to say". Based alone on performance of this idiot public defender, Bannister should have been granted a new trial or given commutation of the sentence.
Read "20 Thousand years in Sing Sing" by the famous warden Lewis Lawes who supervised hundreds of executions in the Sing Sing prison in the 1920' and 1930's. His was vehemently against the death penalty and his famous words were: "I have never seen a rich person on the death row."
Last edited by p100; 03-07-2009 at 05:34 PM.