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DA won't seek death penalty against Scherer

Original post made on Oct 27, 2009

Alameda County Prosecutor David Stein told a judge Friday that he won't be seeking the death penalty for Ernest Scherer III, who is accused of brutally murdering his parents in their Castlewood Country Club home.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 26, 2009, 4:38 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Oct 27, 2009 at 7:13 am

I am amazed! If what he did doesn't qualify for the ultimate penalty what does???

Your story is insufficient...why did the DA decide this??? If you cannot write the whole story you shouldn't write anything...this is bad journalism.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Danville
on Oct 27, 2009 at 9:36 am

Rick: DAs make these decisions privately and confidentially, and for good reason. It could be because of a plea deal about to be reached whereby Scherer III might withdraw a not-guilty plea and accept a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. It could be because a death penalty case--which is tried separately from the guilt phase--might be too difficult to prove. Any number of factors could have entered into the prosecution's strategy. But the public should not second-guess these decisions. Doing can handicap the ability of prosecutors to bring justice swiftly, effectively, and fairly. Moreoever, any journalist likely would get a firm "NO COMMENT" if they asked any prosecutor about such a decision.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:14 am

This is not the same Rick as above. As angry as I am at this guy, I think a far more pressing story is the 15 year old girl who was gangraped at a highschool dance in Richmond. A crowd watched for 2 hours. We import troubled teens from Richmond into our schools via group homes. And we feign shock when they murder our kids like they did Rylan.

We have only begun to fight

Posted by Another other Rick, a resident of Danville
on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:08 am

We have only begun to fight!

I love when I get opportunities to spout lines like that.

Posted by Sue L., a resident of Danville
on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Three posts in to the comment section and we are already off the subject. The comments are supposed to be about the Scherer article. While I share your disdain at the situation in Richmond, this should be discussed in a different forum set up for that particular story.
The final outcome of the Scherer trial will be interesting, to say the least.

Posted by Ralph Hoffmann, a resident of Walnut Creek
on Oct 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm


Posted by Ralph Hoffmann, a resident of Walnut Creek
on Oct 27, 2009 at 9:15 pm


Posted by John, a resident of Danville
on Oct 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I think the first "Rick" was right on, and that the rest of you missed the point entirely! The second "Rick" displayed the same fuzzy thinking that prohibits action of any sort, and the rest wandered off the subject completely.

I mean, if Lincoln was shot and the press said "President Lincoln Shot but now moving to other news" you would be infuriated that the story was even introduced!

And that was the "first Rick's" point.

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