Los Angeles Times

Minds made up on death penalty


Re “The Parkland shooter’s stacked jury,” Opinion, July 21

Nicholas Goldberg argues that prospectiv­e jurors who acknowledg­e that they would never vote for a death sentence should not be excluded from serving on a jury charged with deciding between a sentence of life imprisonme­nt and a death sentence.

This, of course, would result in juries that included people who have made up their minds before the presentati­on of any evidence or arguments from the representi­ng attorneys.

This goes against the very rationale for our adversaria­l system of criminal justice.

I am quite sure Goldberg would not condone impaneling jurors who said that they would support a death sentence in every case, no matter what the evidence supported.

No one should serve on a jury unless they are persuadabl­e by the facts of a case and committed to following the law.

Peter Marston


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