Thursday, February 11, 2010

Some thoughts...

Scott Roeder was convicted of murdering Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Kansas, on January 29th. His lawyers attempted to have him prosecuted for voluntary manslaughter rather than first degree murder by claiming that he held an "unreasonable but honest belief" that deadly force was justified. He was the only defense witness. The jury took 37 minutes to find him guilty.

Here's what I think, from a legal standpoint (though I am no expert on criminal defense): that defense almost never works. I don't know what the lawyers were thinking. He might as well plead insanity because that would have at least been more believable.

Does anyone think that he can make a 6th Amendment challenge for ineffective assistance of counsel? It might be worth a shot.

On a side note: this man should rot in prison.