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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Dead Man Walking

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I am definitely glad that Scott Peterson got the death penalty. It is just a shame that he will be in jail for so many years and is likely to die in prison than get the chair or the needle in the arm. He might go out like the guy who used to eat I cannot remembers his name right now. He was accidently mixed in with the general population and he was killed by another inmate. What is his name? He would lure men back to his room and eat them. They found body parts in his refrigerator. His name escapes me right now. If anyone knows, please let me know. Full Story

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scott Peterson has become the 644th prisoner awaiting death in the execution chamber of San Quentin State Prison, the lockup that overlooks the same bay where the body of his pregnant wife, Laci, was discarded.

Peterson, who was sentenced to death Wednesday, left the San Mateo County jail to San Quentin at 3:10 a.m. today. Secured with leg irons and shackles around his wrists and waist, Peterson was led away in a white, unmarked van for drive from Redwood City, south of San Francisco, to the prison, about 20 miles north of the city.

The 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman entered San Quentin, shortly after 4 a.m. Prison officials had Peterson remove his clothing and a bulletproof vest supplied by the sheriff for his safety, San Quentin spokesman Lt. Vernell Crittendon said on NBC’s “Today” show. A body search, medical exam and DNA test were conducted, and a photo was taken for identification.

“During the process, there were moments where he would give that nervous smile,” Crittendon said, adding that Peterson was.

“extremely polite.” He told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that a staffer suggested to Peterson that he would take a nap and Peterson replied, “No, I’m just too jazzed.”

Jazzed about what I wonder? He did this to himself. Why be nervous now? He has been cool as a cucumber until now.

In one of the makeshift death rows — a building known as East Block, where Peterson will most likely live — inmates stay locked in their 5-by-9-foot cells, except when they are outside. There are no common areas; the cells are stacked in tiers fronted by narrow walkways.

There also is no shower room, so two regular cells on each tier have been converted into showers. Plastic sheeting taped to the bars keeps most of the water from spraying onto the tiers below, but a steady stream of water slides down nonetheless.

He will most likely be there forever without getting the lethal injecton. I think that is still too good for him. Living his days out doing nothing, but still living.

Still, there is no telling whether Peterson will ever receive a lethal injection. Of the 38 states with the death penalty, California moves the slowest toward executions. As a result, condemned inmates here are more likely to die in prison.

Peterson likely will sit for more than five years before he is appointed an attorney for his first, mandatory appeal to the California Supreme Court.

A big reason for the delays is that there are too many inmates with too few lawyers willing to volunteer for the relatively low-paying job.

Peterson joins about 120 others who do not yet have lawyers. And even when an attorney is appointed, there are no deadlines for California’s high court to act.

What I do is kick them in the pants with a diamond buckled shoe!
~~Aileen Mehle~~

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