State court upholds death penalty in 1980 LAX Secret Service killing
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#1 Jul 16, 2010
1980, OMG, execute this guy already. Haven't the lawyers made enough money off this yet?
This is one of the many things that is so wrong in this country. this piece of garbage should have been offed years ago, like 25.
#7 Jul 17, 2010
The sad thing is that Andre Alexander, Rodney Alcala, and all of those other pricks on California’s death row are going to outlive my grandkids. The only thing worse than these inmates are the scumbag lawyers who do everything they can to help these guys get away with their crimes. I understand the need for an appeals system, but eventually Alexander needs to get that needle full of justice stuck into his arm. I applaud the CA Supreme Court for making a good decision. Hopefully he’ll be executed in a timely manner.
#8 Jul 17, 2010
I agree with you for the most part... but I would not blame the attorneys so much... they are probably public defenders or anti-death penalty people working pro bono. The actual structure of the appeals is put in place by the legislature and the courts, not the attorneys themselves. Their job is provide the best arguments they can.
The issue I have is not really the structure but the length of time that passes between each phase of the appeals... it does seem like an execution in California takes 20 years or more from the initial trial all to often. I am personally against the death penalty but I do think as long as the law if followed I must respect that.
Aside from the moral considerations, one argument against the death penalty in CA is the cost of all the decades of appeals. In this state we almost have the worst of both because we pretty much put people on death row for decades while still paying the legal and court costs associated with a death penalty case. It seems like if an execution is going to take 20 years we would be better of with life and no parole.
While I am the last person that really wants to see the state put someone to death it does seem like the justice long delayed could be very hard on the family of the victim. They spend a lifetime riding this roller coaster of appeals. The only 2 things that make sense to me are either to make the system much faster or to do away with the death penalty... the current system seems way too cumbersome, way too long, and far too cruel on those waiting for closure and justice.
#10 Jul 19, 2010
This is one of the many times that I wish California was more like Texas.
#11 Nov 2, 2013
California has made it impossible to execute someone under a sentence of death. There are so many defense attorneys assigned to each defendant that the government has to wade through endless appeals. California judges are notoriously liberal and side with these criminals.
I aware of a case where a man killed two 12 year old girls, was convicted, went through 40 years of appeals and recently died on death row at San Quentin of natural causes while awaiting execution.
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