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Nine purported gang members could face death penalty

Attorney asks DA's office to not prosecute as death penalty cases

Alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs who were indicted for murder with special circumstances in March could face the death penalty, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Monday.

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Posted by Got'em
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

The threat of the death penalty is not taken very seriously in CA, anymore, because they never get executed. The DA is threatening with an empty deck.

If executions were to start again, on a regular basis, then the DA might have some street cred.


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Posted by WHAT??
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

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These murderers had no qualm about killing. Now they fear death themselves? Cowards!


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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

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I would settle with sentences of life with no possibility of parole. Let's get them off our streets and kept in a cage forever.


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Posted by DonaldS
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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The expense of the death penalty is a real issue. As expensive as it is to keep them in prison for life it is cheaper.


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

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I am opposed to the death penalty in America, but that is not because I feel sympathy for murderers. I see a lot of mention of the expense of using the death penalty here, but that mention is only referring to monetary expense. There is a far bigger diplomatic expense we pay when we object to the over-use of the death penalty in failing countries and they can easily point out that we also have the death penalty. There are times, I believe, when we should take higher ground, but we can't, because we don't own it. America is one of the few first-world democracies that still has the death penalty. I believe we should join our peers and not appear so "backward".


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