Killing is now a necessity? (And my thoughts on the death penalty)
Scott Roeder, the murderer of Dr. George Tiller, called the associated press Monday to confess to the murder of Dr. Tiller. Yep, he just called 'em up and said "I did it!" Again, I would just like to remind you all of how open-and-shut this case really should be. He's attempted to sell items on eBay depicting his murder of Dr. Tiller that he autographed in order to fund his legal defense team. He's become the poster child for his sick little fringe group of right-wing, ultraconservative nut jobs that feel his crime should gain him sainthood. (Literally!) And now he's confessing to the crime.
And the state STILL won't give him the death penalty!
What does this man have to do? Say that the murder of George Tiller was a necessity and had to be done? Oh wait... HE DID THAT! In his phone call to the AP, Roeder claimed that he would be using some fictitious "necessity defense," stating that it was a necessity to kill Dr. Tiller in order to protect unborn children. Because, really, this medically licensed doctor was going around in the middle of the night breaking in to people's houses and aborting babies against the mother's will. That's what he must be doing in order to garner such a defense. Except, that would be in the land of conservative fairy tales. In what the rest of us like to call the real world, Scott Roeder is a sick, twisted individual who isn't worth the tax dollars it would take to keep this man around.
Thankfully, his legal team has said that after exploring the possibility, they will not be using the "necessity defense" in court. But...they explored the possibility... :::sigh::: Roeder is now trying to drum up support so he can afford an attorney who will try this defense in court. (Vomit)
I am not a fan of the death penalty. Really, I'm not. A punishment that is 100% should only ever be used in a case which we know the defendant is 100% guilty. We very rarely ever know if a person is 100% guilty. The system has been shown time and time again to be wrong. We have executed hundreds of innocent men, and I would love to see the entire death penalty done away with. But, in this case, we have 100% certainty. The man confessed, and is actually touting his crime in the media and online as though he were proud. There was an entire church full of people that saw Roeder shoot Dr. Tiller at point blank range. We know this man's guilt for certain, and I'm sorry if you disagree with me, but in this instance I cannot fathom giving him life when all he doled out was death.
Let me know what you think. If I get enough responses, there may be a segment on an upcoming podcast devoted to this topic in a Sociology segment I'm creating. So get those responses in to IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com.
Love and Lyte,