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    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/03/18/...lty/index.html

    Now I find this really interesting.

    Not that I have any interest in defending an arsonist that killed 11 people, but doesn't 1st degree require intent to kill? Did they make the case that he intended on killing people when he set the fires?

    I can see them making the argument that he intended to start the fire, which resulted in the deaths, and therefore he intended on the deaths, but would this chain of intention warrant the death penalty?

    I'm not sure if I'm for or against this.
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    He intended to set the fire, a criminal act, which resulted in the death of another. This is called "transfer of intent" like when some knothead fires at the rival gangsta' bitch and instead hits the first-grader.

    It's still murder, though I doubt the death penalty will be upheld in superior court.

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    Elipson - I would hope that they can build a case for life imprisonment, as SFGoon said, I doubt the death penalty would be upheld.

    Of course the death penalty would be a good deterrent for more firebugs (over 100 people perished in Australia just last month due to fires, some of which were started by arsonists).
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    Felony murder rule, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily
    Of course the death penalty would be a good deterrent for more firebugs .
    What makes you think that the death penalty would deter arsonists?

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    Logic.

    I now realise how that statement fails. I guess I'd just like to see them incinerated, tit for tat type thing.
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    It will deter the brain cells of potential arsonists from behaving abnormally.

    How?

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    It still astounds me that California still has the death penalty. Don't wanna stereotype, but you'd think they'd have been first to abolish it. I mean, it's California!
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    like i usually say, punishment should fit the crime. douse him in lighter fluid, and flick a match at the fucker.
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    In most jurisdictions, any murder of two or more persons is classified as first degree, so this counts. I doubt the death penalty will be seriously considered, though.

    Never been a fan myself, but I won't feel sorry for him if it happens.

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