According to a poll by MSNBC, 66% of the people polled believes Scott Peterson should get the death penalty for killing his wife and unborn son.
"The death penalty was always supposed to be reserved for the 'worst of the worst.' We have heard that phrase for years in California and debated what those words meant ..."
Charles Manson was sentenced to death.
On April 19, 1971, Superior Court Judge Charles H. Older pronounced the judgement: "It is my considered judgment that not only is the death penalty appropriate, but it is almost compelled by the circumstances. I must agree with the prosecutor that if this is not a proper case for the death penalty, what should be?"
In 1972, the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in the state and all of the defendants are serving life sentences.
In July 1976, the Supreme Court moved in the opposite direction; executions resumed in 1977.
Yet Charles Manson, who had been sentenced to death, is still only serving a life sentence and in fact, will be up for parole (again) in 2007.
I'm glad I didn't have to serve on this jury! I almost think the death sentence would be too lenient; you only die once, but you suffer every day in prison.