What do you think of victim's statements?
August 11, 2007 11:40pm CST
In courts, the family of a murder victim can stand up and tell how the loss has affected them, and hope to influence the judge's ruling on punishment. If i kill someone with no family, is that less of a crime than if i kill a father of four/ Is that justice or revenge?
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Aug 07
Every human life must be as valuable as another, or none are valuable. It is a basic belief that a human life has value, regardless of their status in life. I think families want the opportunity to publicly express their grief, maybe to sway the court but possibly also as a release. In some cases where the defense has been particularly adept at downplaying the crime of the accused, it may be that a jury or a judge needs to hear these details, to continually put a human face to the victim and drive home the horrible nature of the crime. That said, in every case the jury must be reminded that a human life was taken, and that the only way for us all to remain free, safe and for the rule of law to survive is for justice to be served equally.