Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DC Sniper Execution

Back in 2002 there were a series of sniper shootings in and around Washington, DC. Over the course of a few weeks, the area was gripped with fear and ten people ended up losing their lives. John Allen Muhammad and his teenaged accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo were caught and put on trial in Virginia. Muhammad was found guilty in his trial and sentenced to death. Maryland also found him guilty of the murders that he committed in their jurisdictions. Apparently his convictions and sentences handed down by these two states were enough and no other jurisdictions sought to bring him to trial. This evening, John Allen Muhammad was executed by lethal injection.

Michigan does not have the death penalty and it’s a point of pride that we were one of the earliest to reject it. Attempts to introduce the death penalty have always been defeated and I have said that if it were to ever be put on a ballot, I will vote no. But while I can make that decision based on my personal beliefs, when I hear of John Allen Muhammad and his predicament, I have very little sympathy. Considering how monstrous some people can be, I would even say that their execution is deserved.

2 comments:

Stacey said...

my coworkers were telling me that the sniper caused a lot of problems here at the NIH. I guess they were on lockdown a few times...

David said...

Oh I bet. I don't care what the odds were of being picked off, I would be scared shitless to be going out of the house knowing that a crazy sniper was on the loose.