Monday, November 05, 2007

When a Court gets one right

Kudos to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state's intermediate appellate court, for upholding the six murder convictions of John Allen Muhammed -- one of the two Beltway Snipers. The full opinion (all 150+ pages) is available at the link in the title of this post. But the beginning and conclusion of the opinion says all that is necessary:

For 22 days in October of 2002, Montgomery County, Maryland, was gripped by a paroxysm of fear, a fear as paralyzing as that which froze the London district of Whitechapel in 1888. In Whitechapel, however, the terror came only at night. In Montgomery County, it struck at any hour of the night or day. In Whitechapel, all of the victims were prostitutes. In Montgomery County, every man, woman, and child was a likely target. The body count in Whitechapel was five; in Montgomery County the death toll reached six. The name of the Whitechapel terrorist has never been discovered. In Montgomery County, their names are John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.

All six of the appellant's convictions for first-degree murder are hereby affirmed. Jack the Ripper has never yet been brought to justice . The Beltway snipers have been.

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