“Nope but they only get one and it is limited to issues covered at trial.
"Because death is different and mistakes cannot be corrected, a death sentence results in years of mandatory appeals that often result in reversal. In a sample of 350 death sentences, 118, or nearly one-third, were reversed in part or in whole. Further, nearly 60 percent of the cases in this sample were still in various stages of appeals as of 2002. For each of the last three executions in California, more than 25 years had been spent in appeals before the executions finally occurred. The current average for appeals is 17 years—and getting longer every day.
Unlike death penalty cases, however, LWOP sentences receive no special consideration on appeal, which limits the possibility they will be reduced or reversed. A person sentenced to die in prison receives only one automatic appeal, not several, and is not provided any court-appointed attorneys after this appeal is complete, usually within two years of the initial sentence."
“Quite right. Mrs. Yates was psychotic when she murdered her children. But she was not found innocent (because she wasn't, i.e. she did the murders); she was found not guilty (by reason of insanity). As to "these people", the desired for revenge tends to make one narrow minded and lowers their position on the Bell curve.”
“We have appeals, and a system that while flawed is much better than doing nothing at all. Even worse to label a crime as they did not know better. Without accountability we have not society worth taking part in. Wild Wild West was not without laws, while lawless tried to rule they where eventually brought to justice.”
“Because we're paying the same to incarcerate them until we, your word, kill them and for the 20 or 30 years it takes to actually get to the point of killing them, the legal fees add up because states have laws that mandate several levels of appeal. And oh, btw, the sex change was denied.”
billselfconcord on Dec 7, 2013 at 10:39:29
“You think the appeals stop when you give them life???”
“It has been clearly shown that a jury of their "piers" (or did you mean wharves or, perhaps docks) is all too easily swayed by false confessions and eyewitness testimony even when they are contradicted by clear forensic evidence. 44 wrongfully convicted death row inmates have been exonerated and freed in the past 10 or so years, often by DNA evidence that points the finger of justice to the correct perp. If not cruel and unusual, the death penalty is certainly capricious and, frankly, racist.”
“Didn't they spend a few minutes in the police academy explaining to you the (vast) difference between mental illness and, to use the legal and not the medical term, mental retardation? If an accused can not tell right from wrong, they are "insane" in the eyes of the law and can be ajudged not guilty by reason of insanity (a term that is also no longer used in the medical field). Such rare cases (like John Hinkley who shot Reagan) are committed to a mental hospital for a indeterminate time until they are determined to be no longer a danger to others.”
Pam Cassidy on Dec 6, 2013 at 17:02:11
“Andrea Yates, who killed her 5 children also was found innocent by reason of insanity and put into a mental facility. These people are confusing a person with a mental 'illness' with someone that is just really slow and at the bottom end of the Bell curve for intelligence.”
“Oh good grief. You are describing third trimester procedures which do have a place in the care of pregnant women (like those with dead fetuses, fetuses that have no brains etc). But these represent way less than 1% of abortions. Dilation and curettage procedures in the typical abortion setting doesn't involve "decompression" of any sort because the fetus is too small to require it. Noticed you didn't give a citation for your quote; suspect it came from a pro-life website; they typically conflate third trimester with first 24 week abortions because they seek to confuse the public about abortion. And, oh, a normal fetus doesn't have any "air" to remove from its' skull but I do wonder about some of the 'born' posters here. Finally, to reiterate my previous point which you chose to ignore, abortion is 10 times safer than delivery. What would be safest is to not get pregnant in the first place but this country refuses to provide comprehensive sex education for our children.”
“First of all, about 99% of medical abortions take place by 20 weeks, illustrating why the 20 week ban has nothing to do with the health of the pregnant woman (nor does Roe permit interference with the woman's decision before viability. There have been quite a few infants born at 22 weeks; only about a third survive. Finally, the risk of dying during childbirth is about 10 (yes ten) times that of having an abortion.”
justlightenup on Nov 20, 2013 at 10:19:25
“"The procedure is a dilation and extraction in which the cervix is dilated and the air is removed from the fetus' skull, causing decompression of the body, which is then extracted through the vaginal canal with tools."
“The doctors are qualified and they don't need admitting privileges to do their job. Hospitals grant admitting privileges largely to doctors who will keep the beds full, which abortion providers can't do since they have very few hospitalizable complications.”
“Oh please. The life at conception concept comes from the Catholic dogma of the ensoulment of the conceptus, which it only arrived at in the 19th century. For centuries before that life began at quickening or at birth. It is a religious belief but it doesn't really matter what you think. If you don't like abortions, DON'T HAVE ONE.”
“And this, and Citizens United, and Heller etc, etc are not?”
jmg123 on Nov 19, 2013 at 23:01:53
“Citizens United, overturning a law abridging the freedom of speech based on the first amendment which says "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech" and Heller, overturning a ban on the most widely used and efficient weapon for self defense based on the 2nd amendment right to bear arms? Yeah...judicial activism”
“While I am pro choice also and a practicing physician, with all due respect hospital administrators should do what they do best i.e. run the hospital, and stay out of the practice of medicine. All too many hospitals, if not most, and certainly all Catholic hospitals, don't want the controversy of having an abortion provider on their staff. Very few doctors go the ER to personally attend to their patients, that's what we have ER specialists for.”