Drugs and personal responsibility
Using drugs does not absolve a person from his or her behavior.
When a person decides to use drugs, they also accept the fact that their behavior may be influenced by those drugs.
The Truth: I was in a jury pool of 400 for a high visibility murder trial here in South Carolina.
I was not on the selected jury that convicted and sentenced the three to death. The sentence was later converted to life in prison. The three abducted an innocent woman, tortured, raped and killed her. They were "on drugs" and had been drinking. Those facts combined with the race of the three was introduced during later appeals.
The S.C. Supreme Court later dismissed an appeal of Benjamin Anthony Joyner, one of three men convicted of killing University of South Carolina nursing student Barbara Lynn Bobbi Rossi in 1984.
Using drugs, including alcohol should not absolve a person or persons of personal responsibility.
In my opinion, they deserved the death penalty.