Tuesday, May 09, 2006

People v. Chatman (Cal. Supreme Ct. - May 8, 2006)

Virtually every death penalty case is depressing, of course. But this one hit me harder than most.

Read the first ten pages, which describe the facts. It's short, and gives one a flavor for the wasted lives here. I'm sure that it also struck me that the sole witness to the crime was the three-year old son of the defendant, who saw his father stab the victim (who was working in a Photo Drive-Up store in San Jose) 51 times and who subsequently testified to what he saw. How utterly, utterly depressing.