Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Will Peterson go Scott free?

That has to be the most feeble attempt at a prosecution I have ever seen. They managed to prove that he is a liar, an adulterer, and an all-around scum-bag. Unfotunately, they presented no evidence at all that he actually killed his wife, which is the crime he's on trial for.

Lying is a criminal offense under some circumstances, and he did lie to the police. That should be worth a whack on the knuckles. Adultery is considered a crime in some parts of the country. Here in the enlightened State of Georgia, the bastion of common sense, reason, and justice for all who can pay, adultery is only considered a misdemeanor (see O.C.G.A. 16-6-19 for details). I suspect it's a non-issue in California. Finally, being a scum-bag is most unfortunately not a crime at all, though I think it should be a capital offense (think of it as evolution in action).

However, in the American system of justice, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that the accused did actuall commit the crime that he is charged with. Did Scott Peterson murder his wife Laci? I think he did. Can he be convicted on the evidence presented? I could not convict him if I were on the jury. Even if this jury convicts him, I expect to see it thrown out on appeal. Bottom line: he gets away with murder. Damn shame.


At 5:23 PM, Blogger Joel said...

There you are! Welcome back.


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