If ever there was a botched case it was this one with inconsistencies on the part of the State being overwhelming. I watched this trial intently and read everything available. The verdict in this case generated an epidemic of outrage throughout the world. I agree with the not-guilty verdict on the murder one and two charges; however, the evidence is not as incontrovertible as some have suggested. I also agree that there was some mischaracterization around the 31 days; yet, to trivialize this behavior as simply immature is inaccurate.
The Christopher Vaughn case is a popular case in which ballistics and blood spatter aided in solving. Vaughn pleaded not guilty in court, and the defense stuck to the case that it was a murder-suicide case involving his wife. Paul Kish, a blood spatter expert assigned to the case, said that the evidence found at the crime scene did not correlate with Vaughn’s story. Vaughn’s blood was found in many different places; the center console, on his wife’s shorts, on the front and back of her seatbelt, and on the carpet between her shoes. Vaughn’s original statement did not mention the blood present on the seatbelt. When investigators at the crime scene unlatched and then re-latched her seatbelt, the wife’s chin was directly above the bloodstain. She was shot under the chin, therefore it was previously concluded that it must have been her blood present on the seatbelt. However, the Illinois State Police crime lab proved that it was in fact Christopher Vaughn’s blood on it. His wife’s blood was also found on the center console, but it was disturbed before it began to congeal. In addition, it appeared that some of her blood on the console was wiped towards the passenger seat from the driver’s seat. Kish concluded that someone had come into
The death penalty is a controversial issue that has been debated in the United States for a long period of time. In our own state of Texas, executing convicted criminals has become second nature. This is due to the fact that Texas has executed more people than any other state in the United States since 1976. So why does Texas lead the United States in executions? There are many reasons and factors that has led to this point. It is important to know the reasons to have a better understanding of capital punishment in Texas. Three of the reasons include a weak public defender system, desires of district attorneys and judges, and the governors limited power to grant clemency.
The prosecution is charging the defendant Alex palmer with first degree murder of Jes Markson. Critical aspects of four witness testimonies will be analyzed and discussed. Furthermore, the prosecution will explain the importance of each testimony and how the testimony helps link the Defendant Alex Palmer to the crime.
The death penalty should continue to be legal because it is inexpensive. The death penalty makes for a good way for people to get the justice they deserve. In Texas the death penalty being legal makes sure that the people that commit heinous crimes pay. Texas does not suffer from political doubt, and certain cases are a no other answer that the death penalty. It cost the Texas Department of Criminal Justice $83 to execute a prisoner by lethal injection alone. The Attorney General alone donates 15% of his budget, to death penalty cases. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 per year. It cost more than $31,000 to keep someone in prison for a year. The most recent report is that only fifteen states have gotten rid of it all together. These states being Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Throughout time the death penalty has not been administered equally, and the Innocence Project has been receiving a lot of attention for allowing information such as this to be surfaced. The Innocence Project has been created to help exonerate those that are seeking death row. The Innocence Project has created a statistic from their own findings as a result will be used to show what really happens behind the scene of death row through a lenses that most people would not hear. The Innocence Project receives about 8000+letters each year from .prisoners seeking help with their case. Race plays a big factor in the decision process during trials. Looking at the statistics about 71% of minorities are selected and the other 29% are caucasians. Not
Scott Peterson, a killer at heart, didn’t think twice before murdering wife, Laci Peterson, and unborn child, Conner. His wife Laci was reported missing on Christmas Eve in 2002. All fingers pointed to husband, Scott Peterson. He had not wanted to be a father and didn’t care for his wife. He was arrested the 21st of April in 2003 and is still on death row till this day. Evidence revealed during the case, Scott Peterson is a coward and was rightfully sentenced the death penalty for his wrong doings.
“I understand what they felt in Oklahoma City’, he said. ‘I have no sympathy for them’. (Michel)” Timothy J. McVeigh is accused of the worst act of domestic terror in American history. With six years on trial, McVeigh was finally executed. Many Americans question if McVeigh should’ve been sentenced to life in prison or death. The final say was that Timothy McVeigh should get sentenced to the death penalty.
Multiple news reporters arrived at the court, much to Brady’s pleasure since he wanted to be publicized. The jury ultimately decided that Cates was guilty and the Judge ordered him to pay a fine of 100 dollars. Brady was shocked and angered, believing that the punishment was meager. After the court case is adjourned, Brady attempts to say some final words, but the judge denied him. Brady still attempted to recite his speech, but no one showed him attention like they used to. As a result, he starts to scream out nonsense while turning red in the face. Brady took a final blow when the radio man announced the trial was over. As a result of the “abuse” Brady was facing, he faints and later dies.
Everyone saw Shipman as a caring family doctor. And nobody knows when exactly he started killing his patients and exactly how many died in his hands. But his killing spree was brought to an end because of of a very determined woman, Angela Woodruff, the daughter of one of his patients. She refused to accept what was the explorations given for her mother 's death. Kathleen Grundy a 81 year old wealthy widow was found dead in her home on June 24 1998,Following an early visit from Shipman, Woodruff was a lawyer and handled everything of her mother 's and she came to the fact that her mother had left a bulk of her estate for Shipman and so she came to the conclusion that maybe Shipman killed her mother to get a benefit out of it. She alerted the local police, where detective superintendent Bernard Postles came to the same conclusion as her when he examined the evidence. Kathleen Grundy body was examined at it revealed that her cause of death was a morphine overdose, which was administrated in her body three hours before her death, around the time Shipman has gone to check on her. So they decided to not just take this one case he a count. Also check all the body 's that have not yet to be cremated and who had had a visit from Shipman before there death. Shipman himself urged families to cremate their family members, so there wouldn 't be any further investigation on why
The judge declares the “Murder in the first degree—premeditated homicide—is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts. One man is dead. The life of another is at stake. If there is a reasonable doubt in your minds as to the guilt of the accused … then you must declare him not guilty. If, however, there is no reasonable doubt, then he must be found guilty. Whichever way you decide, the verdict must be unanimous. I urge you to deliberate honestly and thoughtfully. You are faced with a grave responsibility. Thank you, gentlemen” (Judges Voice). The jury enters the jury room and twelve men shuffle in. This play sets up a murder mystery that keeps the audience on their feet and looking for answers.