I have to roll my eyes when hot shot anti death folks decide to jump in on a case, before it's even officially a 'death case'. I'm not shy about admitting that I'm pro death penalty, in fact I'm not even the least bit bothered to tell you- I think it ought to be used way more than it is.
I'll give you a perfect example.
Convicted sexual predator goes online with fake aliases, luring his own niece into a meeting with him. At some point, the 12 year old girl ends up dead and her body is disposed of. Of course, no one knows that the uncle has committed this crime, because he has a story about dropping her off to meet a friend. But then, during the few days that the national manhunt for this beautiful young girl is going on, another relative comes forward and says the uncle has been sexually abusing her. He gets arrested. And, as the facts of what really went on the day the 12 year old goes missing start to unravel, the missing persons case because a homicide.
It would be nice if this was just a story I made up in my head as an example of what would be a perfect case for the DP... if that's how this story really came about. Instead, this is a real life case, the 12 year old girl in it is the same one we all heard about as national news broadcast her amber alert.
The uncle, Michael Jacques, accused of kidnapping her just pulled a big break in being able to get two anti death idiots to pick up his case.
Maybe I should give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they don't realise what this man has done, the pain he has caused and all of the premeditation that was involved in luring this child to her death. Maybe, expect that well, I can't imagine that they would be in this case if they didn't know WHY it was a possible DP case.
The decision about whether to seek the death penalty is months away, Anderson said Tuesday. It will be made after the investigation is complete, the case is presented to a grand jury and an indictment is made.
"Ultimately, that decision is made by the attorney general of the United States," he said.
Desautels, Jacques' lawyer, declined to comment on the appointment of Ruhnke and Barrett.
The husband-and-wife team have been involved in 22 or 23 cases since the early 1980s, two of which resulted in death orders, Ruhnke said.
One was set aside and the other was appealed, he said. They've also had 20 or 30 cases resolved without a trial, he said.
"The reason we've been appointed in this case is it carries a potential death sentence. It doesn't mean it's going to be a death penalty case. One of our functions will be to try to marshal reasons to the government why the death penalty shouldn't become an issue," said Ruhnke.
It'd save a lot of time and energy if they'd just look at the facts LONG enough to see there are no reason to marshal.