Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Edwards v. Ayers (9th Cir. - Sept. 9, 2008)

I'm as insensitive as the next guy, especially when reading judicial opinions. Believe me.

Still. It's a death penalty case in which the defendant totally randomly shot two 12-year old girls at in the head with a rifle at a campground, killing one of them (Vanessa Iberri). Pretty gruesome, random, and scary. And I admit that the fact that he shot both girls in the head -- and Vanessa right between the eyes -- is, I guess, a little impressive.

Again: Still. I wouldn't start the opinion -- as Judge Schroeder does -- with the following sentence: "This is a death penalty appeal by California state prisoner, and crack marksman, Thomas Francis Edwards."

The "crack marksman" aside is too much. Even for me.