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It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer. --William Blackstone
As soon as a case becomes about what someone "deserves", it has become a matter of personal vengeance.
Laws are not about enforcing karma or even morality - they are there to provide a minimum level of safety to all members of society.
Laws aren't just about safety! Laws are there to protect peoples' rights. The right to life is just one of those.