Monday, December 13, 2004

Scott Peterson Dies of Old Age

. . . that will be the headline coming out of San Quentin sometime in the distant future:

"California's death row has grown to house more than 640 condemned men and women since the state brought back capital punishment in 1978. Since then, only 10 executions have been carried out. It can take years for even the first phase of the appeals process to begin." - Fox News

You're more likely to see Jacques Chirac at a Monster Truck Tractor Pull than Scott Peterson executed.

And the irony of his capital sentence (as opposed to life without parole) is that he will be removed from the general prison population, sparing him certain indignities that better men wouldn't wish upon him.

But San Quentin is a bleak, grim dungeon, as dark and foreboding as the soul of the man who murdered his wife and unborn child.

As Johnny Cash once sang, "San Quentin, you've been livin' hell to me." Perhaps this is a fitting punishment after all.