This morning, a reporter on the Today Show referred to Tucson’s most famous mass-murderer, Jared Loughner, as the “suspected killer.”
So far, Loughner has only been charged at the federal level with one count of attempted assassination of member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government, and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee.
By my calculations, that leaves 4 counts of first-degree murder, and 12 counts of attempted murder still on the table. Apparently, Arizona is supposed to deal with those, so why is Arizona dragging its feet?
If a dog pees on the floor while nobody else is home, but he’s the only dog in the house, his owner assumes that dog made the puddle and blames the dog.
Yet this homicidal creep walked into Safeway and unloaded a gun into 20 people while it was captured on Safeway’s surveillance video and a goodly number of eye-witnesses were standing right there — but he’s only been charged 5 times and he’s only “suspected” of committing the crimes?
I don’t get it.
What about the people who tried to get away from him but took a bullet anyway? Will they be doubted when they identify who shot them?
How about the bystanders who grabbed and disarmed Loughner? Do the police think Loughner was there to buy a quart of milk?
Maybe they believe the real shooter was outside on a grassy knoll?
We’ve all seen the mug shot of this smirking, remorseless Uncle Fester wannabe. This guy needs to be taken out of circulation permanently — the sooner the better.
In such cut-and-dried cases, pretending “justice is blind” is a sick joke that mocks the victims.
There’s no merit in spending a penny on defense lawyers. No sense in wasting a jury’s time with a lengthy trial. The proof of Loughner’s crimes is indisputable. Spare the taxpayers and smack that sick bastard TODAY with whatever Arizona’s maximum punishment is and let the payback begin.