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Lone juror spares killer of 7 from death row

Lone juror spares killer of 7 from death row

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — Twelve jurors who convicted a man of killing seven people at a suburban restaurant 14 years ago narrowly recommended he spend the rest of his life in prison rather than be sent to death row. All but one of the jurors wanted to see Juan Luna receive the death penalty, but a unanimous vote would have been needed Thursday to recommend capital punishment.

This is a textbook example of why jury trials don't work. Penalties should be applied consistently or it makes a mockery of the law. If he was convicted, then one person with an emotional objection should not be able to deny his legal punishment. This is, by the way, a completely separate question from whether the death penalty is ethical.


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