Re: "The state clearly represented that it was under pressure to not dismiss
this case . . . ."Yeah. That's called victim advocacy. And,
it's not only perfectly legal, the law requires that prosecutors
communicate with victims of crime, and take into account their concerns in
making prosecutorial decisions.This is an absolute non-issue, though
the criminal defense bar, which is not bound by the same code of ethics as
prosecutors, will often attempt stunts such as this, to influence public
sentiment in the hope of tainting the jury pool.Sadly, callow
journalists, anxious for a story, often fall for it.
Lock him up for life.I'm about as forgiving as it gets (at
least in principle) in terms of the law and how we ought to punish criminal
behavior. But to plan something like this is an amount of mental instability
that I wouldn't risk or wager our safety on.If you refuse to
live peacefully in society, then you should be removed from society. My dad used
to say "take them to an island and leave them there". I dismissed such
as old fogey talk, but now I actually agree with him. We need to protect
ourselves from within and not enough is being done about it.
Crazies like this on the loose is all the more reason for conceal and carry.
Hamilton noted his client didn't own a gun and said police have confirmed
that "if he tried to buy a gun, he would be unable to buy a gun."Sure he could. I have bought four different guns (one in a gun store and
two at a gun show) with nothing more than cash and a handshake. Usually I prefer
to go through the classifieds in the newspaper. It is much easier to deal with a
private owner, there is no paperwork, and they are usually willing to bargain or
trade. I gave a mountain bike for a .357 S&W once. Most pawn shops will work
with you a lot too. I bought a Springfield 30-40 Krag (I love old war rifles
from the 1800's and early 1900's) and didn't even have to show
ID. Yes there are laws they are supposed to obey, but many of them are pretty
easygoing once you talk to them. @play by the rules,A
Taurus Judge is my daily concealed carry. Bought it at a gun show in Louisiana
with a handshake and a smile.
Blaming this poor guy for scaring away the shoppers from City Creek Center.
There were no shoppers at CCC to scare away. Friday nights were dismal before
this man came on the scene. The Church is paying the stores at City Creek to
stay closed on Sunday. It was never designed to recoup the billions in
development costs. It was sold or given away to Taubman for $76 million, not
$(5)76 million. Our poor brother has become a convenient scapegoat for the
brilliant financial and development minds at PRI.