I agree with midnight. The death penalty very seldom leads to death; in fact, according to the Innocence Project, a number of prisoners who were denied DNA tests for decades are finally set free when the tests are performed on the physical evidence. Eyewitness identification of perpetrators is also notoriously unreliable, and the longer it takes to get to trial, the more inaccurate and the fuzzier the witnesses’ memories become. Yet both prosecutors and defense attorneys try to delay the proceedings as long as possible, thus robbing the defendant of the 6th Amendment right to a speedy trial. Months and years in solitary confinement are used by the prosecutor to soften up the defendant so that s/he is unavailable to assist in her/his own defense. Pre-trial detainees are encouraged to take psychotropic drugs to make them more docile. This usually occurs with the acquiescence of defense counsel who is typically employed by the same government the prosecutor and judge work for. To most appearances, it seems both prosecutor and defense are playing for the home team, and the lone defendant is the unwanted visitor who is destined to lose. This is the unspoken injustice in the system that very few people know about, unless they have been put through the system themselves.