Thursday, May 23, 2019

People v. Erskine (Cal. Supreme Ct. - May 23, 2019)

It's a case from San Diego, and involves two boys -- nine-year old Jonathan, and his brother, thirteen-year old Charles -- who went out on a bike ride and never returned.  So it touches a fair piece close to home for me.  Their killer was Scott Erskine.  He's sentenced to death.  And the California Supreme Court unanimously affirms.

It's not hard to see why.  When you read all the things that Mr. Erskine has done, it's hard to think of a more fitting candidate for the death penalty.  This is not one of those cases where you wonder why this particular person was sentenced to death but others with similar crimes are spared that fate.

I know that Mr. Erskine will almost certainly not in fact be executed by the state.  But you definitely see why that was his sentence.  And why many would prefer that it be carried out.