“Even if (Joseph Edward) Duncan is convicted for the first three killings, he isn’t going to be executed any time soon. Decades from now, he and his lawyers would be filing appeals and challenging any execution dates ordered by current and future Kootenai County judges. A capital punishment case is a slow, expensive process. It should be. No one wants to see an innocent person put to death. Nor does society want guilty verdicts thrown out on technicalities. As much as Kootenai County residents want a pound of flesh, there is a more sensible way to resolve this case – a plea bargain that would put Duncan in prison for the rest of his life without possibility of parole.”
For the rest of my editorial about Joseph Edward Duncan III, click here.