It would appear that the man who helped bring terror to the Washington, D.C. suburbs is at the end of his rope:
The Supreme Court on Monday denied John Allen Muhammad’s request to stay his execution, clearing the way for Virginia to put to death the man who terrorized the Washington region as the Beltway Sniper.
Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor objected to the court’s haste, saying it “highlights once again the perversity of executing inmates before their appeals process has been fully concluded.”
Stevens, writing for the three, said Virginia had short-circuited the process by scheduling Muhammad’s execution for Tuesday night, earlier than the court would normally have reviewed his petition for the court to take his case.
“By denying Muhammad’s stay application, we have allowed Virginia to truncate our deliberative process on a matter — involving a death row inmate — that demands the most careful attention,” Stevens wrote.
He said he did not disagree with the court’s ultimate decision that Muhammad’s petition did not warrant the court’s consideration.
After the court made its decision, Jon Sheldon, the attorney for Muhammad, expressed a similar concern about the rapid pace of the review. “In its effort to race John Allen Muhammad to his death before his appeals could be pursued, the state of Virginia will execute a severely mentally ill man who also suffered from Gulf War Syndrome the day before Veterans Day,” Sheldon said.
Of course, other than the fact that he happened to be in the military between August 1990 and March 1991, there’s no real evidence he served in combat in the Middle East.
The guy is a murdering piece of scum, and, speaking as someone who lived through the month-long ordeal of wondering if there was a gun pointed at your back while you were filling up your gas tank, I’m not going to cry when he dies.