No Leniency In Case of Human Life Valued Similar to Desire to Possess Materialistic Things
In McDonald v. State, 743 So. 2d 501 (Fla. 1999), the Court addressed the following statements by the prosecutor:
You know people in our society want to buy cars and clubs, the American way. the normal way is you get up in the morning and you go to work.
And you punch a clock.
You don't kill people for it. and that is what these men did. That is the value that they placed on human life. Id. at 504.
The Court determined that these comments did not "so taint the jury's verdict so as to warrant a new penalty phase proceeding." Id. at 505.
Similar to the comments in McDonald which compared the desire to buy cars and clubs to the value of a human life, the State's comments here compared human life with a piece of jewelry.
In addition, in Doorbal v. State, 837 So. 2d 940 (Fla. 2003), this Court upheld the jury's recommendation of death, notwithstanding the following statements by the prosecutor:
Griga has already been moved into the bath tub so his blood could bleed out through the brain and what happens when Lugo calls? This is why you know that he is a cold-blooded killer.
The bitch is cold. Those were his words. His words.
The bitch is cold.
Not Lugo's words.
Is that a value of human life? Does he deserve to spend the rest of his life in prison? See sisters and going to the library helping others? He deserves nothing.
He deserves no mercy and he deserves no leniency. He deserves no respect....
It is about Frank Griga's goodness and about his well-being as a human. It is about Furton. It is the fact of what's left of them.
He deserved no mercy for this. Id. at 958.