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Factor follow up segment tonight as you may know 32 year old Jodi -- been convicted of first degree murder in Arizona jury now deciding what -- she will -- dot as Arizona does have the death penalty.
That decision could be made next week and joining us now from Atlanta -- ABC news Supreme Court correspondent Tim O'Brien who poses -- death penalty.
O'Brien -- coauthor of the book murder at the Supreme Court lethal crimes and landmark cases.
So this -- says she wants to be executed mr.
Brian why not grant her request.
A bill is by the way is not so much that I oppose capital punishment I just don't think it works.
But in our system the defendant doesn't get to choose what the punishment -- is -- -- no sooner have her sentence determined to be the death penalty.
The Michigan however -- voters -- herself sentenced to ten years in the Caribbean Villa.
She could however tell her attorneys don't put on any defense let the state have its way.
-- that to happen more than you could have a long drawn out affair as to whether she's competent to make that decision.
We'll see how it plays out but she can't make the call all right but most people I would say -- Say fine if you -- executed -- areas you should brutal murder.
-- Saudi human beings life.
YA why give her any quarter at all.
What you want the system to be fair there is a question at -- as to whether she's competent to make that call.
We have had those cases come along a -- Defendants say or good death row inmates say I don't want any appeal she can do that -- she has always sort of said as she -- and die -- live.
But but it's a philosophical thing with the death penalty I oppose the death penalty on what do you know that I'm -- I'm.
But I do so because I don't think anybody has the right to take another person's life however.
-- -- this is a moral it's.
It's -- it's almost like human life is sacred all right and and he another human being doesn't have the right to take it.
However I would punish shooting areas and -- others who murder.
And commit other heinous crimes to hard labor.
Which is worse than death banishment.
That we prisons than say public lands and Alaska forward from the population centers.
All right where they couldn't see anybody and they have to work if you didn't work they do put in solitary right.
For the lifetime.
That is worse than death in my opinion and I think most Americans would say all right.
Because that would be a deterrent.
-- that he would see that you need you'd have videos and every public school if you murder somebody made a capital crime trees and whatever here's what awaits you.
-- but our system now gives life imprisonment to heinous criminals and they sit around and watch cable TV -- that's just not enough.
Well you know your possesses very much like justice William Brennan of the court's greatest liberals -- said taking -- life is God's work it's not -- The question is would that deter that might be.
It -- right way to go but but you know bill that's for a jury to decide that's why we have -- well OK but we don't have a system now.
That punishes murderers enough.
Unless they execute.
And at their -- it's you know home of people who would see it my way and just justice -- way.
Are much -- -- it's just not enough of this woman to sit there give jailhouse interviews.
Do mail correspondence and watch cable.
And it isn't enough then -- even you would not even you but you -- -- that that's not enough.
Well what you would you hit on a very central point in the entire debate.
The death penalty does not deter if pace could fly bacon and eggs would be a thing of the past I urinated an -- I don't know that the -- And -- one of the reasons it doesn't deter bill is because is neither swift -- certain for punishment to deter it has to be both what you're talking about.
Could be -- -- could be swift.
And it could be certain -- -- enhance -- provide some closure it doesn't turn out of appeals going on for twenty years right doesn't deter in the USA but in Rome and other societies.
-- put John across and they let everybody see it.
That deterred but we couldn't do that here cruel and unusual Tim O'Brien everybody we come right back.
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