On Friday a federal judge tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia’s most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings. Malvo arrived illegally in Miami in 2001 and, in December of that year, he and his mother were apprehended by the Border Patrol in Bellingham, Washington. (His mother was deported back to Jamaica from the U.S. on December 15, 2002 in the aftermath of the D.C. area sniper shootings.)) In January 2002, Malvo was released on a $1,500 bond. At the time of his arrest, he was 4 months shy of his 18th birthday. His partner John Allen Muhammad was an illegal as well.
Mustang offers us his view on the matter with a guest post:
In 2002, Lee Boyd Malvo was convicted of taking part in a terrifying serial sniper murder case. This saga isn’t over yet because (Clinton appointed) Federal District Judge Raymond Jackson (yep) has thrown out Malvo’s back to back life sentences … on the basis that the sentences were unconstitutional. The claim: Malvo wasn’t aware when he made a plea bargain (to avoid the death sentence) that teenagers have rights denied to everyone else … well, because they’re teenagers.
Malvo was only 17 when he was arrested for a series of shootings that killed ten people and wounded three more. Typical of cowards, Malvo and his side-kick shot people while concealed in the trunk of an automobile. (Aside: the press initially reported that these murders were being carried out by terrorists, but later the press said “No, this wasn’t terrorism.” If a certain behavior causes terror among people, it’s terrorism … further proof that the American people should completely ignore the lame-stream media).
By the way, Malvo’s lawyers are now arguing that he was but a naïve child at the time of his crimes, merely a pawn of accomplice John Allen Muhammad (yep) and that, as such, Malvo should have a future opportunity for parole. Jackson’s decision follows two Supreme Court decisions, one that prohibited mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles, and the other that established a framework within which retroactive reviews of all such sentences might be conducted by state courts. Judge Anthony Kennedy authored this majority opinion (Oh say it isn’t so!) Typically a leftist, Kennedy opined, (paraphrasing) that the opportunity for release of convicted dependents [should be] granted to those who can demonstrate they are capable of change. Kennedy/Jackson seem not at all bothered that ten innocent persons were murdered by this scumbag, and laying cold in the grave, had no opportunity to reach their full potential in life. Typical of leftist thinking, in my view …
No doubt Malvo will be released one day; I have little doubt that he will be welcomed with open arms into the loving care of the Nation of Islam (with whom then Senator Obama’s Trinity Baptist Church formed an ever-so-close alliance).
Justice in America today depends on skin color; it is precisely this sort of selective law-making by the courts that generates the kind of anger displayed by Dylann Roof in Charleston. So I have to ask: is this the best our country’s courts can do?