DA won't seek death penalty for Mtn View man
Original post made on Aug 1, 2009
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on Aug 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm
Delores Carr does NOT know what she is doing. I don't care what "the families" think!! That is not what is important in capital murder cases. It is a crime against "the state". The victim is dead and has no recourse, they must depend on the prosecutor to determine the appropriate penalty given the magnitude and circumstances of the crime. Doesn't matter one WHIT what the family members, neighbors, witnesses, or ANYONE ELSE thinks that the murderer should get. I'm not particularly FOR the death penalty, I am just pointing out a very serious irregularity in D. Carr's decision making process. This sets a very poor example for anyone else who has a workplace grievance, picks up a gun, and starts spraying bullets---"hey, Ms. Carr won't put me in the chair!" The penalty should fit the crime, within the parameters the law provides. It doesn't matter at all what a bunch of civilian observers say. That's what Ms. Carr is paid to do. Once again, our tax dollars at work.
on Aug 2, 2009 at 8:24 am
Whats the special circumstances (We get to house another capital crime from another country. [Portion removed by Mountain View Voice staff.]
on Aug 3, 2009 at 8:36 am
Actually, localmom, Dolores (and all DA's offices) are very consistent in this regard. The victims' families' wishes are ALWAYS taken into consideration. In fact, DA's offices across the country try very hard to honor the victims' families' wishes. That is the considerate and proper thing to do. The families speak on behalf of the victims themselves. Prosecuting the case brings closure for them. Either way, this suspect will never be a threat to the community again. But this way, the families' wishes are being honored. Unless you've been there, don't judge! Besides, if you ever paid any attention to the legal system at all, you would know that sitting on death row actually generally costs more than housing someone for life. The appeals process takes FOREVER and costs tons and tons of taxpayer dollars. Either way, it's expensive. God forbid you should ever have a family membered murdered, but if it happened, you would absolutely want the DA's office to consider your wishes for punishment, whatever those wishes might be. There are also a lot of other legal nuances involved here, but you are clearly too set in what you THINK you know to consider them, so I won't bother explaining.