I am no fan of changing the way sentence of penalty is handed out to criminals just to meet the sensibilities of a particular prosecutor, politician, or political party.
Is the situation palatable? As the way I read it... no. However, overturning the jury process just because of one or two trials where the bulk of a jury thinks... "the verdict they felt was stolen from them"... defeats the spirit of the law and the long tradition of trial by jury.
Inj a for instance... why don't we just change California law and try OJ Simpson over and over until we find him guilty? Because the law should be considered both consistent and impartial in its application. Simply put, changing the law to address the complaints of a small group puts everyone of us in danger. There has been a demand for strict adherence to constitutional law in the US for the past 2 or 3 decades. That same demand for strict adherence to constitutional precedence should trickle down through all levels of society without the hypocrisy of calling for exceptions when the results of our criminal law system don't match what we think is fair.
Should the guy be taken out and shot on the side of the road where he killed the woman and her daughter? I think that would be fair! Should the trial and verdict by jury system be changed to meet my sensibilities in this case? Of course not.
Bill would ease jury rules on death penalty
They all agreed Wesley Harris committed double murder in a horrific fashion.
But they couldn't agree on his sentence.
With the jury hopelessly deadlocked at 10-2, a Gwinnett County judge had no choice but to sentence Harris to a life without parole.
For the 10 jurors, this was an outrage, a miscarriage of justice. If anyone deserved the death penalty, they said, it was Harris....
would not change the rules for deciding guilt: That would still require unanimous agreement.
If approved, the bill would make Georgia one of five states that allow judges to impose a death penalty without a unanimous jury vote, according to Washington-based Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that analyzes death penalty issues.
More at the AJC...
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