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Now, eight years later, Peterson's lawyer Cliff Gardner, has filed an automatic appeal with the California Supreme Court alleging that Peterson was deprived of an honest and fair trial due to massive pre-trial publicity, wrong evidentiary rulings and jury misconduct.
After reviewing some of the specifics surrounding the appeal, 62% of the Crime and Punishment polltakers voted that Peterson does not deserve a new trial, the State got it right during the first trial and that Peterson is guilty.
Currently there are 37 states with laws permitting drug testing for individuals who receive money from the government.
There are solid arguments for and against such laws, however, 56% of the Crime and Punishment polltakers agreed with testing all welfare recipients because it would help curtail welfare abuse.
In 2006, she was acquitted of capital murder charges and found not guilty by reason of insanity. A look into her past exposed her long battle with mental illness, which was mostly untreated.
In 2012, her name once again appeared in the headlines, when her attorney, George Parnham, told reporters that a church had agreed that Yates was welcomed to attend its services. Parnham was seeking approval for her to get a two-hour-a-week therapeutic pass to attend the church services.
When polltakers were asked if Yates should get the pass, 56% voted no.
Anthony insisted that her computer had been hacked. Some believed that she was responsible for uploading the video for attention.
We asked polltakers what they thought and 82% voted that her computer was not hacked.
The girl and her friend were found guilty of cutting several inches of hair off a 3-year-old girl while at McDonalds.
This blatant "eye for an eye" sentence was criticized by some, but 81% of the poll voters on the Crime and Punishment site were all for it.
We asked poll voters if such laws were in violation of the right to privacy and a surprising 58% voted no.
In this incident, a young woman felt that she was too drunk to drive so she handed her keys to her boyfriend who was also too drunk to drive. The boyfriend ended up running over and killing two pedestrians, then took off before authorities arrived.
Both the drunk driver and the drunk woman who gave him the keys were arrested and charged with vehicular homicide. Prosecutors felt the woman was just as responsible as the driver because she knew that he was drunk when she gave him the keys to drive.
When poll voters were asked if the woman should had been charged with vehicular homicide, 49% of the voters said yes, 44% said no and 6% were undecided.
When visiting the Empire State Building, he turned the Ruger over to security guards and was promptly arrested on a gun-possession charge. He faced the possibility of a mandatory three and a half year prison sentence.
When polltakers were asked if Jerome should be sent to prison, a resounding 93% said no. Luckily, prosecutors agreed and offered Jerome a plea deal, which included 10 days of community service to be served near his home in Indiana and a $1,000 fine.
Weeks after the shooting happened, Cosby told Candy Crowley, news anchor for CNN, that he believed it was guns, not race, that instigated the incident.
When poll voters were asked what they thought was the main issue, 32% said it was guns, 31% said it was racism and 30% did not feel it was guns or race.
What was released to Zimmerman's attorney and the news agencies was a black and white photocopy of the original photo, which showed a facial shot of Zimmerman with what appeared to be a slight swelling around the nose.
It was not until late October that Zimmerman's lawyers were able to obtain the original photograph, which shows Zimmerman with a bloody face and an apparent broken nose.
Florida discovery rules require that original photos, not photocopies of the originals, be turned over. When polltakers were asked if the prosecutor’s failure to produce the original photo until months after Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder was prosecutorial misconduct, 81% agreed that it was.