Letters: Rights of the victims and their families


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  • Opinionated Me Holladay, UT
    July 31, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    @ Eric Samuelsen: Justice for a confessed child killer would be a bullet to his head in the basement of the courthouse.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    July 30, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    I meant Sloop is in jail of course. I wish i could take down the last post. Sorry.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    July 30, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    The fact is about 99% of charges are plea bargained.
    If every defendant demanded a trial, it would effectively shut down, and gridlock our criminal justice system.
    Stacy is in Jail, he will stay in jail, he will never get out of jail.
    The system moves slowly, but it does move.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    July 30, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    To "Craig Bohn" it isn't the justice system that is the problem it is the political system. The justice system is only there to hand out punishments when laws are broken. The justice system is not there to console the victim or the ciminal.

    However, the politics in the media and within the executive and legislative bodies of government are the ones that put the rights of the criminals above the rights of the victims. How many times do we hear about the how prisons have near riots when their cable TV is cut back to basic cable?

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    July 30, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    Eric, the Constitutions also does not say anything about a multitude of social issues, like homosexuality, that I'm sure you are very tied to as a liberal. That statement you made is no answer to the point made by the writer.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 30, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Actually, the state provides a living for lawyers, and that is why these cases are dragged out ad nauseam. "Refreshers," or hourly billings, are the bread and meat of the legal profession, and the more hours, the better. For them.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    July 30, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    You may consider it cruel, but in fact, the Constitution says nothing about the rights of victims. The state provides justice, not revenge.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    July 30, 2013 7:25 a.m.

    In Idaho a death row inmate sued over no weekend lunches just fruit saying it was cruel and unusual punishment. He does not care over his victims but is worried about a heart attack and lack of sodium because he only got fruit for lunch Saturday and sunday.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    July 30, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    You ask a very good question. I remember a case not too long ago where the state was so incompetent that the federal government finally took over and convicted Brian David Mitchell.