Some say they deserve no respect, not even a passing glance in a crowd of criminals or a clean place to rest when they die.
Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas, both vegans, fed their 6-week-old baby boy a diet primarily of soy milk and apple juice. They apparently didn't know it would harm anyone.
Now the baby is dead, and the parents were convicted of malice murder, felony murder and first degree cruelty to children.
For all the questions this issue raises, the answers most likely will be few. For the so-called guilty, it looks like there will be none at all.
An article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution provides gruesome detail, which might have been all a jury needed to hear. "At six weeks old he weighed just 3 1/2 pounds and was so emaciated, doctors could count his bones through his skin."
The defense maintains the couple was simply ignorant, that they were doing their best while subscribing to a vegan lifestyle, that they knew nothing was wrong until minutes before... The prosecution says it was a chilling case of murder, a prolonged death to the innocent and defenseless.
Before the verdict was issued, there was a discussion. Seven hours of jury deliberation. Seven hours to end with two life sentences...