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Verdict in Jessica Lunsford Case

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Curt Anderson of AP reports:

A jury decided Wednesday that a convicted sex offender should get the death penalty for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was buried alive in trash bags just yards from her home.

The jury, on a 10-2 vote, brushed aside pleas for mercy and a life sentence from defense lawyers based on claims that John Evander Couey, 48, is mentally retarded and suffers from chronic mental illness. Jurors deliberated for about one hour.

One hour? Now that's Exhibit A in the case for nonunanimous penalty verdicts.

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One wonders, given the facts of this case, what was going through the minds of the two who voted for life. Death is the only penalty appropriate for that crime--actually, death by lethal injection is too kind for this monster.

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