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  •  I am very bothered by this outcome in this (0+ / 0-)

    case.  It's an excellent example of why we shouldn't have the death penalty.  I contrast the outcome here with that of John Hinckley, who had the best defense lawyer money can buy, 'cause his parents had the money to buy him and was found not guilty by reason of insanity.  Now he is practically free, again because his parents never abandoned him but kept going back to court to earn him some freedom.

    Loughner was clearly mentally ill but he can't have a trail and assert his not guilty by reason of insanity defense because he risks getting the death penalty.  And in spite of the fact that he's had to take anti-psychotic meds for 18 months to get "sane", he's competent to make a decision that puts him in prison for the rest of his natural life?

    I think it's adding tragedy to tragedy.  And adding injustice to the mix too.

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