Showing posts from August 12, 2012

Utah Wants Answers About the Cost of Capital Punishment

Utah is pissed. They have figured out that capital punishment is just to damn expensive and who can afford to waste money in this day and age?
Usually Utah has about 10 death penalty cases a year. Those 10 cases alone cost the state approximately $690,800 over and above the projected legal costs if they were prosecuted without the death penalty. They also cost local governments an estimated $460,000 per year for prosecutors and public defenders.

"Capital cases were 0.0008 percent of my total caseload, but yet it was probably 10 percent of my budget," said Patrick Anderson, of the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association. "That’s just talking about the trial. That’s not the appellate aspect of it."

Why on earth would anyone knowingly do something so horrendously stupid?

The state representatives realize how asinine this is but they also realize how people get caught up in the specifics of the case and decide that death is the only solution. We all know that human beings ar…

Marianne Bordt, 73, Facing Florida Death Sentence

Marianne Bordt, 73, drowned her 5 year old grandson, Camden Hiers, in a Florida beach house bathroom in 2010 and could face execution. Her attorneys say she was legally insane before and at the time of the incident. 

Granted, a death sentence is unlikely for someone of her age with no previous criminal record but there is a chance nonetheless. Since Ms. Bordt is a German, Germany has become interested in the case. The country has no death penalty.

The initial hearing is scheduled for Friday but very well may end in no trial at all, only a settlement from some sort of plea deal. However, David Hiers, the boys father and Bordt's former son-in-law is pushing for a trial. He feels that is the only way he will find out the details of the boys death.

Heirs divorced Bordt's daughter about 3 years ago and says her claims of insanity are just that, insane. He claims to have never distrusted her and says he never saw any signs of insanity in her in all the years he knew her.

Bordt and her h…