Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
P.S. There is no prize for this challenge unless you are a good looking single lady, and in that case dinner is on me.
That is how the BBC’s profile of Malvo begins. It goes on to note that his father abandoned the family when he was very young and he spent most of his life seeking a replacement father figure. The person he found, unfortunately, turned out to be John Muhammed.
No one believes for a moment that Malvo would have took part in these killings without the influence of Muhammed. His defense counsel insists that he was brainwashed, though this has yet to be determined. He was certainly a malleable youth seeking approval and acceptance from Muhammed.
I don’t believe it is accurate that Malvo personally pulled the trigger in the sniper killings of ten people. Muhammed was the 15-year military veteran. Who do you think did most of the shooting?
Malvo certainly needs to be separated from society and punished for his participation in these horrific crimes. But the one who clearly “deserves” the death penalty in this case is Muhammed - although as an opponent of the death penalty I would argue that even he should be spared execution and receive life without parole instead.
The American Bar Association also makes a case for sparing Malvo here.