Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Needful Suffering

Patterico reports on left-coast justice from the California Supreme Court.

In overturning the conviction of a murderer, the state Supreme Court claimed that the victim didn't "suffer needlessly" while trying to prevent the robbery of her home. The U.S. Supreme Court disagreed:
The jury saw autopsy photographs showing Steacy McConnell’s mangled head, her skull crushed by 15 to 20 blows from a steel dumbbell bar the jury found to have been wielded by Belmontes. McConnell’s corpse showed numerous “defensive bruises and contusions on . . . [her] hands, arms, and feet,” . . . which “plainly evidenced a desperate struggle for life at [Belmontes’] hands.” Belmontes left McConnell to die, but officers found her still fighting for her life before ultimately succumbing to the injuries caused by the blows from Belmontes. The jury also heard that this savage murder was committed solely to prevent interference with a burglary that netted Belmontes $100 he used to buy beer and drugs for the night.
Obviously, the learned justices in California concluded Ms. McConnell suffered just the right amount.

6 Comments:

Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Gil - I happen to agree with the supreme courts decission. But if I recall, you're the one against the death penalty. Are you having second thoughts on this issue?

November 18, 2009 at 11:50 AM 
Blogger jake said...

Bob,
I'm interested to hear your rationale for agreeing with the California Supreme Court.

November 18, 2009 at 3:15 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Jake - I don't recall saying I agreed with the Calif. Supreme Court. Did I say that?

November 18, 2009 at 9:15 PM 
Blogger jake said...

Bob,
Your initial response wasn't clear. Glad to agree with you that the California Supreme Court needed to be overturned.

November 19, 2009 at 9:16 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

the two of you should share a romantic milkshake at nifty 50's sometime soon, you're too cute together...

November 20, 2009 at 9:03 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Steve - Please keep your fantasies to yourself. Thank you.

November 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM 

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