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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I know this should go in IMO but i cant write in there....so you guys can move it if you want i just wanted to let you know..it just broke through on TV
post #2 of 19
Part of me is filled with satisfaction about this but there is another part of me that wanted him to go to Prision and have the living crap beaten out of him. Most people aren't too fond of child killers.
post #3 of 19
http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/12/13/pe...ase/index.html

Just came out, the jury recommended the death penalty.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
I agree........
post #5 of 19
I was wondering why is it that there are certain criminal cases that somehow the media and a large part of the population are obsessed about or seem to pay quite a bit of attention to it. Could you enlighten me please?
post #6 of 19
who is it?
post #7 of 19
I'll merge this with the IMO thread.
post #8 of 19
While I am not supporter of Scott, I was a little grossed out
when I heard there were cheers outside the courtroom at the death penalty. It should be met with solemn reflection. I think we are getting to so detatched from death.

Why did this fascinate? I don't know, an attractive young couple who seemingly "had it all". It kind of shows the shadows of life. Things aren't the way they seem, maybe we folks that are struggling feel somewhat vindicated, like "well I have this or this problem, but I don't do something like THAT" Also that people who are may even feel inferior too, actually are just as miserable as we are.

I don't know, but this one captured the imagination. The police apparently didn't even get it at first, they just thought it was another domestic violence case from the get go. Nothing glamorous or different.
post #9 of 19
I agree with you, Marge. I think it is sick and barabric how gleeful people get about the death of another human being. No matter what they have done, and no matter what your views of the death penalty are, I just don't think it is a happy occasion. Just my opinion.
post #10 of 19
I'm still not so sure he actually did kill her. I don't care whath the Jury said. I mean a Jury here in Los Angeles said OJ Simpson was innocent, so I doh't put my faith in what Jury's say.

I am shocked and saddened that he got the death penalty. Now if I thought he really did kill her, I might feel differently, but since I don't think he did it, I am saddened by this. I think the Jury was jealous of his good background, and good looks, and that's primarily why they were so hard on him.
post #11 of 19
fwan, Scott Peterson is someone who killed his wife when she was 8 months pregnant. It happened right before Christmas last year. Lacey Peterson was out walking her dog when she disappeared, and at first she was reported as a missing person. Eventually, the police found Lacey Peterson's body, and the body of the Peterson's unborn baby.
post #12 of 19
It's a sad day. Death will happen to me, but I wouldn't want a 12 person jury to hand down my fate. I think he should've gotten life in prison. That's long enough to think about what he did.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker
I'm still not so sure he actually did kill her. I don't care whath the Jury said. I mean a Jury here in Los Angeles said OJ Simpson was innocent, so I doh't put my faith in what Jury's say.

I am shocked and saddened that he got the death penalty. Now if I thought he really did kill her, I might feel differently, but since I don't think he did it, I am saddened by this. I think the Jury was jealous of his good background, and good looks, and that's primarily why they were so hard on him.
That's another thing, while I *think* he is guilty, it was a circumstantial case and I think all circumstantial cases should be life only. We are only human, we can be wrong. And only God can decide who lives and who dies.
post #14 of 19
I think the death penalty in itself is barbaric.. I feel that the judicial system should judge the innocence of a person but that god himself (if one believes in that) should be the final judge. I believe that the prison system is a way to keep people who could potentially harm society away from society. I don't look at it as a punishment but as a necessity for safety. I don't think of killers/rapists/molesters as criminals but more as sick people in need of help. Would anyone in their right mind do these things? Robbery I could understand, or drunk driving, those are normal crimes commited by normal people in bad circumstances who aren't crazy. But the serious crimes... If Scott Peterson was judged by a jury of his peers, which would be crazy violent people, he might have gone free. But he was a crazy violent person judged by normal people. Of course we will instantly hate him. But what if that was your son or daughter? And it's easy to say that they wouldn't have done it or that if they did you would also want them to die for it. But what if your sweet daughter who never did a thing wrong had a breakdown and killed someone. Would you want people cheering her death and telling her to burn in hell? really now. And what if you truly believed she was innocent...


(and to satisfy my christian side)
All I could picture when I heard the cheers is the mob of people yelling 'crucify him, crucify him'. It made me sick to my stomach. Scott Peterson is not Jesus, but Jesus did die for him as well as all of us so that our sins could be forgiven. If Scott is guilty I think that he should have his whole life to repent for that so he can see the kingdom of God. Jesus DIED for that right, the right to sin and be forgiven. And he didn't say 'oh well that only counts for certain sins..' No. Because he gave humans minds and free will and our bodies have the ability to do horrible things. If those things could not be forgiven that I'm sure we would not have the ability to do them.

But whatever. There are very few people who know the truth of this murder. Whatever happens I hope that laci and conner can rest in peace, and that upon Scott's death that he can as well. I am praying for his family who are just innocent bystanders in all of this.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker
I think the Jury was jealous of his good background, and good looks, and that's primarily why they were so hard on him.

Seriously? I didn't follow this case closely enough to have much of an opinion as to whether he did it or not, and I'm not sure if I have much of an opinion as to whether he should've gotten the death penalty, but I'd like to think that the jury members actually based their decisions on the facts of the case, not because they were jealous... that seems rather childish and unlikely to me.
post #16 of 19
Yeah, not to mention, even Jesus was opposed to the old teachings of "an eye for an eye"... I have found that a great many Christians have very little knowledge of what is actually written in the Bible.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Aquarius
Yeah, not to mention, even Jesus was opposed to the old teachings of "an eye for an eye"... I have found that a great many Christians have very little knowledge of what is actually written in the Bible.
Yes...thank you for saying that. I know so many "religious" people who have no idea of what Christ taught. It drives me crazy, I am working on an essay called "I miss Jesus" talking about modern times. I am going to send it to newspapers when I am done, no one will probably want it but at least I will know I wrote it.
post #18 of 19
I would have rather seen him sentenced to life than death because he would be around other inmated but being that he got the death penalty,he will be secluded from others.
Most likely he will die of old age than be put to death.
But i am glad that he will be locked up forever and im glad that it's over
so now maybe Laci's family can have some peace in their lives and i hope that
they will be able to start healing.
My thoughts and prayers go out to both the Rocha and Peterson families
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Marge
Yes...thank you for saying that. I know so many "religious" people who have no idea of what Christ taught. It drives me crazy, I am working on an essay called "I miss Jesus" talking about modern times. I am going to send it to newspapers when I am done, no one will probably want it but at least I will know I wrote it.
I know this is not exactly on point to this thread but I thought one of the reasons for the attraction to Christianity and maybe religion is that many of its "rules" are told in story form, which makes it simple to interpret the religion to support your view. For example, you can use it to support death penalty (A person judged guilty of murder must die. Do not allow any kind of bargain or ransom for his life. (Num. 35:30) or Breaking the Sabbath (Ex 31:14, Numb 15:32-36)) or use it against it, use it to support the use of death penalty on homosexuality (Lev 20:13)) or use it to show Jesus was a homosexual (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4085023.stm) or on other issues where you can show that the bible supports and is also against such as slavery, abortion, rape, etc.
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