"The court finds that weight of the evidence as outlined above supports the jury's verdict of death," he said. "The motion to modify the sentence is hereby denied." With those words today Judge William Mudd today sentenced David Westerfield to be executed by lethal injection for the murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. The murder of the little girl and the ensuring investigation and trial caught up the residents of the San Diego area unlike any other event in its history. Today was the final chapter in that event. Or was it? Westerfield will bring the death row population in California up to 617. Since the death penalty was instituted in California over 25 years ago only 10 people have been executed. So lets do the math. In 25 years, 627 plus people have checked in and only 10 have checked out. So that means David Westerfield is going to die on death row all right. But he is going to die of old age or some illness, just like just about everyone else. So what is the point in having a death penalty? People who get sentenced to death for the most part will never be executed and the trend of the speed at which people sentenced to die are executed is slowing overall. Meanwhile virtually all of the rest of the world or at least the part we deal with has abolished the death penalty and as a result if someone commits a murder in this country all they have to do is get out of Dodge and into one of those other countries. The country they go to will likely not allow extradition if the person is facing a possible death sentence. And if the person who commits the crime also happens to be a citizen of the country they flee to, you can almost absolutely forget about them being sent back. In many cases they will not be prosecuted in their own country. And to be circular even if they do get extradited back here and are sentenced to death they wont be, ala David Westerfield. So what is the point? Again the issue is why should we keep it since we are not going to enforce it? Sure you can say you are for it and we need to enforce it but the fact is we are never going to do that at least in the context of the making it practical. Even if we all got behind the death penalty and started changing the enormous system the regulates or controls execution to greatly speed up the rate it still wouldnt be fast enough. If we started this coming Monday to execute one guy a business day on death row in California it would take over two years to go through the lot. Do you think that will ever happen? Of course not! So regardless of the philosophical or morality argument, what is the point of the death penalty?