Sanity evaluation will also be performed in order to assess and check the past history of Mr. Fryer. A possible reevaluation of other factors including assessing the risk of re-offending will also be analyzed. This evaluation will be done in order to contemplate upon the idea of whether if the offender is not punished, will he be able to repeat any offense or not.
Mitigating and aggravating circumstances and factors play the critical role in deciding about whether capital punishment should be awarded to an offender or not. Jurors will have to take into account these factors in determining the sentence of capital punishment.
Jury often has to take into consideration the balancing act between the aggravating and mitigating factors when deciding about capital murder cases. It is, however, critical to note that both the mitigating and aggravating factors need to be considered exclusively in capital punishment cases. (Rogers, 1997)
Aggravating factors are generally the factors which are duly supported by the evidence and point towards circumstances which can help the jury to make the harshest decision. Mitigating factors, however, points towards circumstances which are particular to defendant’s character and can also outline the circumstances under which the crime took place. Mitigating factors can force the jury to decide upon lesser punishment considering the fact that mitigating factors may help the defendant.
In this case, considering the overall mental and psychological condition of Mr. Fryer, his mitigating factors may weigh more with respect to his committing of murder. It is also critical to note that each jury member may view both the factors differently. However, from the point of view of forensic psychology, the mitigating factors especially may play important role in shaping the overall opinion because Mr. Fryer was clearly going through a medical condition which required his extensive policing and support.