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Beltway Sniper John Allen Muhammed Denied Supreme Court Appeal

by @ 4:28 pm on November 9, 2009. Filed under In The News, Virginia

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.

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9 Responses to “Beltway Sniper John Allen Muhammed Denied Supreme Court Appeal”

  1. James Young says:

    He’s not “at the end of his rope,” yet, but I look forward to the day when he is at the end of a rope.

  2. Let's Be Free says:

    I remember my wife took our two little one’s to G-Street fabrics at Seven Corners to buy material for Halloween costumes. She told me that night, don’t worry, I was safe, I parked under the deck. Two days later under that very same deck in front of the Home Depot the sniper blew Linda Franklin’s brains out and on to her husband. I am not normally vengeful, but his fellow should rot in hell.

  3. The DR says:

    I wish it was the end of a rope or maybe the end of a gun the way he did it. I’m tired of this “humane” crap. Lets make it a real punishment and make it hurt like hell. Hopefully freaks in the future might (doubtful) think about that before they do the crime.

  4. Old Geezer says:

    I am familiar with the case, but not with the post-conviction appeal history here. Did he not have the normal up-and-down-the-courts appeal process here? What is this about a “rush” to carry out the order of the courts? Perhaps the problem is with him being strapped to a gurney and being given a strong anesthetic. Would it have been better had we just turned him loose with snipers deciding to pick him off as he walked down the street? It was, after all, his chosen method of execution.

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  6. mitchtx says:

    He is all done. I thank god Muhamed didn’t do this in my home state of Massachusetts. He’d be on parole by now. God bless the people of Virginia. Common Sense and justice prevails.

  7. HangMan says:

    only a little over an hour left in Muhammad’s short life, the world will be a better place without him, get the popcorn ready!

  8. We only have one life to live. Let’s not waste it by making bad decisions. We were given a free-will to choose life or death. Let us make it a point to always choose life. No matter how hard life is sometimes, it’s always good to be alive!

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